Classical Music Adventure: Around the New World in Eighty Years - Un giro nel Nuovo Mondo in ottant'anni. Three American-Music events for clarinet-violin-piano trio, and for the three instruments in different formations, in Bologna, Italy, November 23-25, 2016. ICAMus sponsors and contributes to a triple chamber music event. Gabrielle Baffoni (clarinet), Brandon Christensen (violin) and Anna Quaranta (piano) perform a program of Daniel Gregory Mason, Leonard Bernstein, Harold Schiffman, Jeanne Singer, Charles E. Ives and Béla Bartók. Co-sponsored by the University of Bologna and the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna.
Details for Around the New World in Eighty Years--an American Chamber Music Concert, a Lecture-Recital and a Masterclass in Bologna, with Gabrielle Baffoni (clarinet), Brandon Christensen (violin) and Anna Quaranta (piano), on November 23, 24, 25, 2016--are available here.
The Largo for violin, clarinet, and piano by Charles E. Ives (1874-1954) was probably composed as early as c. 1907 (possibly arranged from music composed in 1901). However it remained unperformed until the early 1950s, and was published only in 1953 by Southern Music Publishing Co., New York. The second edition was published in 2003 by Peer International, New York (Ives Society critical edition by Thomas Masse).
This program offers the opportunity to listen to American composers seldom performed in Europe, from the late-Romantic Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953) who was prominent in his time and today is mostly remembered as music critic, to contemporary composer Jeanne Singer (1924-2000). However, Ives preceded them all, and as always surprises. If we consider that his Largo, although unperformed and unpublished until the early 1950s, was actually composed around 1907 from an existing work, then we discover that the Eighty Years of this musical voyage are in fact more than 100, and that Ives was a “time traveller”, who undertook a daring journey far beyond his boundaries.