Vincent Persichetti was born on this day in 1915. A major figure in 20th century American music composition, Persichetti was a prolific composer and taught many notable students at Juilliard. He wrote 25 Parables spanning a range of instrumentations of which this is the twelfth. Dr. Kristen Stoner, Professor of Flute at the University of Florida, dedicated this performance to the memory of Jack Wellbaum, beloved piccolo teacher at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Carl Nielsen was born on this day in 1865. Originally a violinist, Nielsen studied violin and composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he later became a professor and ultimately the academy director. He worked there until his death in 1931. The Concerto for Flute and Orchestra was written in 1926 for Holger Gilbert-Jespersen, the flutist for the Copenhagen Wind Quintet.
Performed by Brianna Futch, flute and Claudio Olivera, piano
Samuel Barber was an iconic American composer of the 20th century known for his operas, piano concertos, and vocal writing. We honor him on this first day of summer with his quintessential work for the wind quintet named for the season. The work explores many different moods throughout its episodic form and exhibits the composer’s unmatched skill for exploring the timbral possibilities of the combination of instruments. Meghan Bennett received her Bachelor of Music degree from USC and her quintet, Li5ten, has competed at the prestigious Fischoff and Coltman competitions.
Carl Reinecke, born on this day in 1824, was perhaps the most influential flute composer of the 19th century. His iconic Sonata Undine exhibits the romanticism, sweeping melodies, and programmatic form typical of the music of his time. This recording is part of a larger project pairing music based on poetry with the words that inspire it. The album Words and Music is available from Titanic Records.