Bela Kovacs (1937- ): After you Mr. Gershwin for clarinet and piano (Alan Vivian and Alan Hicks)
Béla Kovács is a Hungarian clarinettist. In 1956 he became a member of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, in 1961 he was a founder of the Hungarian Wind Quintet, and in 1971 he was appointed a professor at the Liszt Academy. His most widely known compositions are his tributes to composers of the past, for example Homage to JS Bach, Salute Signore Rossini and the one in today’s programme After you, Mr Gershwin.
The clarinet’s opening flourish ends with a nod in the direction of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the slower music has the feel of the bluesy moments in the Piano Concerto, and the piece ends bustlingly à la An American in Paris. It is worth noting that the piece is best played on a wooden floor to increase the effect of the clarinettist’s foot stamping.
[Program notes by Colin Fox]
The School of Music’s exciting new online initiative, Streaming Sounds, was launched at a live performance in Llewellyn Hall on Sunday 16th August 2009 at 3pm. Titled Clarinet.Ballistix, this free concert was streamed live to the Internet. Following the performance there was a Q&A forum, open to web viewers, and a linked interactive blog for discussions across audiences in Australia and beyond.
Renowned performers and School of Music staff, clarinettist Alan Vivian, cellist David Pereira and pianist Alan Hicks were joined by pianist Katherine Day to present a varied programme of works from Verdi to Gershwin, including new compositions by Australian composers Elena Kats-Chernin and ANU’s Miroslav Bukovsky. The concert was introduced by Colin Fox of ABC Classic FM.
To watch the full Clarinet.Ballistix broadcast, go to vimeo.com/anusom/clarinetballistix
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