Lance's programs 3-25/4-1 2017: Gervase de Peyer, clarinet

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Lance's programs 3-25/4-1 2017: Gervase de Peyer, clarinet

Post by Lance » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:09 am

Posted March 25, 2017

Gervase de Peyer, clarinet
Two-Part Program Memorial Tribute

The clarinet has fared well among audiences, not only popular among popular music lovers, but the classics since the instrument was first heard. Many composers have written great classical music for the clarinet. The number of superb artists of the instrument has been devine and includes such musicians as Benny Goodman, more a popular artist, but who delved into classical music from time-to-time.

All that is said to introduce Gevase de Peyer to the listening audience in a pair of programs illustrating his art. Born in London on April 11, 1926, de Peyer passed there on February 4, 2017 missing his 90th birthday by a little more than a month. Both his parents were singers with his father performing at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House on occasion, who also was a vocal teacher. De Peyer went on to win a scholarship at the Royal College of Music studying the piano, which was interrupted by time in the military service of World War II. He joined the band and since one couldn't carry a piano, he performed on the clarinet, which created in him a great interest in the instrument. After the war, de Peyer returned to the Royal College and studied the clarinet going off to Paris to study with the legendary Louis Cahuzac. Many doors opened for de Peyer, including meeting Charles Wadsworth at Italy's Spoleto Festival whereupon he became clarinetist with the prestigious Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Simultaneously, he held on to his position as principal chair of the London Symphony. However, 3,000 miles between these positions took its toll and de Peyer gave up his work with the London Symphony, a post taken over by another great English clarinetist, Jack Brymer. De Peyer spent considerable time in America. From 1950, he performed with the Melos Ensemble for the next 24 years. He conducted his own Melos Sinfonia of Washington, founded in 1992, and the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists ensemble. Many contemporary works were composed for him. If ever there was a diversified clarinetist, we find it in Gervase de Peyer, who recorded for EMI, British Decca, Chandos, and Sony.

Here are the selections lineup:

PROGRAM I, Saturday, March 25, 2017
• Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120/1 with Daniel Barenboim, piano (r.1967)
• Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 with the London Symphony, COlin Davis, conductor (r.1961)
• Debussy: Petite Piece (1910) (r.1960) *
• Joseph Horowitz: Two Majorcan Pieces (1958) * (r.1960)
* Cyril Preedy, pianist

PROGRAM II, Saturday, April 1, 2017

• Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 w/Melos Ensemble: Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Emanuel Hurwitz and Ivor McMahon, violinists; Cecil Aronowitz, viola; Lamar Crowson, piano (r.1970)
• Mozart: Clarinet Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498 {"Kegelstatt"} w/Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Cecil Aronowitz, viola; Lamar Crowson, piano (r.1963)
• Weber: Grand Duo Concertant for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 48 w/Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Cecil Preedy, piano
• [Encore] Schumann: Fantasy Pieces, Op. 78, No. 3 w/Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Lamar Crowson, piano (r.1967)


The programs can be heard anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer with speakers and adjust your time schedule to equate to 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. My usual descriptive dialogue about the artist and subject matter precedes the musical content.

I hope you will enjoy these two broadcasts honoring GERVASE de PEYER, which is heard all over the world via the Internet at the above-listed URL. •
Lance G. Hill

When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]


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