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Trumpeter Greenhoe will play UI recital with Gerhild Krapf Greenhoe
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Greenhoe, trumpet professor at the University of
Iowa School of Music, and pianist Gerhild Krapf Greenhoe will perform a free
UI faculty recital, featuring music from the 18th through 20th centuries,
at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The program will include two works by Krapf Greenhoe's father, former UI organ
professor Gerhard Krapf. Other works on the program will be former UI student
Robert Brownlow's "Contrivance X" for solo trumpet, a portion of
which was written for Greenhoe; the Concerto in C minor of 18th-century composer
Alessandro Marcello; "Hymne" by Jean-Michel Damase; and the Sonata
for trumpet and piano of Karl Pilss.
Greenhoe will use four different trumpets during the program, choosing instruments
that fit the individual pieces. The trumpets differ in pitch, with one each
in B-flat, C, D and F; and in the size of the bore -- that is, how large the
opening is in the tubing of the instrument, which affects the quality of the
sound. One of the four -- to be used in the pieces by Gerhard Krapf -- is
a unique instrument that was built to Greenhoe's specifications by the respected
brass-instrument maker Stephen Shires, an Iowa City native who works in Boston.
The two works by Krapf were originally written for recorder and harpsichord
and are being played for this recital by trumpet and piano with the composer's
permission. "Kinderland," written for Krapf's daughters, is based
on German children's nursery rhymes, songs and fairy tales. The second work
is a set of variations on a 17th-century German folk song, "Es ist ein
Schnitter" (There is a reaper). The song was apparently written in memory
of a young "flower of high nobility," as a note on an early copy
recalls, who had died suddenly in January, 1637, in the Bavarian city of Regensburg.
Brownlow's "Contrivance X" has two movements, each dedicated to
one of the composer's trumpet teachers. The first movement was inspired by
a love for J.S. Bach's music that Brownlow shares with Greenhoe, and it was
modeled specifically after a movement from one of the Bach sonatas for solo
violin. The second movement is dedicated to Ron Fox, who teaches trumpet at
Luther College in Decorah, and features passages of rapid tonguing for which
Fox is known.
Originally composed for oboe, Marcello's Concerto in C minor has received
several transpositions and adaptations, including an elaborate version for
keyboard arranged by J.S. Bach. It has been adapted for trumpet and piano
by Greenhoe, with reference to embellishments that were added by Bach to his
Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal
trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass
area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. He is
active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he performs
as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post he has held
Prior to coming to Iowa, Greenhoe was a member and soloist of "The President's
Own" -- the United States Marine Band in Washington D.C. -- and a member
of the music performance faculty at Ball State University in Indiana. He has
also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic
and the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic.
Krapf Greenhoe received bachelor's and master's degrees in organ from the
UI, where she studied with the current area head, Delbert Disselhorst. Her
father was also an important influence in her musical training. She has served
as organist in several Iowa City churches, and has performed as both pianist
and organist in concerts and recitals.
Krapf Greenhoe received a J.D. degree from the UI College of Law in 1985 and
is currently assistant to the director and staff attorney of the UI Hospitals
For more information, contact the School of Music at (319) 335-1667.