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Release: Feb. 25, 2002
Iowa Woodwind Quintet performs music for duo, trio, quartet -- and all
five players March 9
The Iowa Woodwind Quintet, a faculty ensemble from the University of Iowa
School of Music, will perform music for various combinations of two to four
players, as well as one piece for the entire group, when they present a free
concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The one piece for the full quintet will be Circus Etudes, a 1996
score by visiting UI faculty member Jeffrey Agrell, which will close the concert.
Other works on the program will be the Quartet No. 1 by Gioacchino Rossini,
arranged for flute, clarinet, bassoon and horn by Friedrich Berr; Choros No.
2 for flute and clarinet by Heitor Villa-Lobos; Variations on Ah! vous
dirai-je, Maman by W.A. Mozart, arranged for flute and oboe by Peter
Kolman; Trio for clarinet, bassoon, and horn by Francois Devienne; and the
Suite for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon by Alexandre Tansman.
The Iowa Woodwind Quintet has been in existence at the UI School of Music
since about 1932. Its current members -- Tadeu Coelho, flute; Mark Weiger,
oboe; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Kristin Thelander, horn; and Benjamin
Coelho, bassoon -- are all members of the UI School of Music faculty.
Agrell is a visiting faculty member in the School of Music, where he teaches
undergraduate horn, directs the Horn Choir, coaches chamber music and performs
with the Iowa Brass Quintet. He began composing and arranging during his college
years and played jazz guitar and electronic music in the 1980s. For the past
decade he has had a steady stream of commissions from professional chamber
music ensembles. His works have appeared on CD and have been broadcast on
radio and television nationally and internationally.
Circus Etudes, written for the Wildwood Quintet, has received
numerous performances around throughout Europe and the United States. Just
as the title suggests, more than a little levity is involved in each of the
suites four movements: Dancing Elephants, Clowns,
Trapeze Artists and Acrobats.
In 1804, when he was only 12, Rossini completed a set of six string quartets.
Years later, when Rossini was conducting the orchestra of the Paris Opera,
the quartets came to the attention of the orchestras clarinetist, Friedrich
Berr. Berr made arrangements of the quartets for flute, clarinet, bassoon,
and horn, possibly with Rossinis guidance.
Villa-Lobos was one of the most original of 20th-century composers. His style
shows the strong influences of native Brazilian music blended with traditional
European compositional techniques. He is widely considered one of the landmark
composers of the 20th century.
The word choro is used in Brazil to refer to instrumental ensemble
music, often in a dance style. The Choros genre emerged at the end of the
19th century as European dances performed in a melancholy or nostalgic style.
It reached its apex in the 1940s, and today is considered almost a classical
genre of Brazilian music.
Mozarts aria Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman is based on the folk
melody known in English as Twinkle, twinkle, little star. The
aria was arranged for two flutes by Kolman, a flutist from Mozarts time
whose version works equally well for oboe and flute.
Well-known as a virtuoso flutist, bassoonist, composer, and teacher, Francois
Devienne played with the most famous orchestras of the late 18th century.
In 1795, when the Paris Conservatory was established, Devienne was appointed
professor of flute. The Trio is unusual in its instrumentation, especially
for an era that saw mostly chamber music for ensembles of like instruments.
Polish by birth, Alexandre Tansman settled in Paris in 1919. It was in France
that he found the major influence on his compositions. He was a close associate
of Stravinsky with whose work Tansmans compositions have points in common,
not least in their variety. Of his several works woodwinds, his works for
bassoon are perhaps the best known. His Suite explores the homogeneous qualities
of the reed instruments.
Tadeu Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. An international touring
artist sponsored by the Miyazawa Flute Company, he has appeared as soloist
and chamber musician throughout Europe and the Americas. He has performed
as first solo flutist with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in
Germany and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy. His CD recording of 20th-century
Mexican flute music was released in the spring of 1999, and he has also recorded
CDs of music by Brazilian composers and works by Thomas Delio.
Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout
the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy, presented
two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international
competitions and won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition
(NY). The first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S.
Information Agency, Weiger performed recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel,
Jordan and Sri Lanka. He has recorded for the CRS, Crystal, Chandos and Centaur
Mead has performed by invitation at International Clarinet Association conferences,
the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Southeastern Clarinet Workshop and the
conference of the College Band Directors National Association. She has been
principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids
Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet
and other ensembles. She had made several recordings, including two CDs of
Brazilian choros with pianist Rafael Dos Santos, a UI alumnus.
Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected
director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as soloist and chamber musician,
she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea
and the People's Republic of China. As a guest artist she performed a solo
with the Chinese National Opera Orchestra for the opening concert of the International
Horn Symposium held in Beijing in July, 2000. During the summer she performs
with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore.
Benjamin Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon,
in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member
of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie
Recital Hall in New York. He has played with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro
Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas
Gerais, Brazil. He taught bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais
in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where he served as the elected vice-dean of the
School of Music.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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