Charles RIver Sinfoinietta video made on 9/22/20 in Quincy Library, Quincy, MA to take the place of some of our concerts

This is a video made by members of the Charles River Sinfonietta on September 22, 2020. It is to take the place of some of the concerts we’d gotten grants and support for. It is two septets for violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet , bassoon and french horn. The first one we played is 4 movements and composed in 1855 by a composer from the Netherlands called Carl Amand Mangold. The next six movements are Beethoven’s septet opus 20 in honor of his 250th birthday being this year since he was born in 1770. I hope you enjoy these

Edwin York Bowen the composer of a quintet for bass clarinet and string quartet that we hope to do soon

📷Edwin York Bowen was born February 22, 1884 in Crouch Hill , London and died November 23, 1961 after several decades as a talented musician and composing over 160 musical works many of which remained unpublished and unperformed until after his death. His music falls in the category of Romantic with rich harmonic language. He composed an amazing amount of piano music at this time. His quintet for bass clarinet and string quartet is one of the pieces the Charles River Sinfonietta hopes to perform soon if concerts start to take place again in the near future.As the youngest of 3 sons to a father who was the owner of the whisky distillers Bowen and McKechnie he started piano lessons with his mom at an early age and showed very promising signs of talent and continued studying piano at the North Metropolitan College of Music and at the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music. Then in 1898 at the age of 14 he got a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied till 1905 winning many awards and prizes during his time there. Just two years later he was awarded a fellowship to the Royal Academy of Music, and then in 1909 was appointed a professor there.
In 1912 he married a singer, Sylvia Dalton, and they had their first son. In WW1 he played in the Scottish band as a horn and viola player. After the war he continued his professorship at the Royal Academy of Music where he remained until his death in 1961. He also taught for over 40 years at the Tobias Matthay Piano School. As a performer he was admired for his talent as a pianist and was always giving concerts at the Queen’s Hall and Royal Albert Hall. He performed all four of his piano concertos he composed as the soloist. Lots. of his compositions he dedicated to renowned musicians who would perform them. Yes Fritz Kreisler was one who premiered York Bowen’s suite for violin and piano opus 28, in 1910 That piece also got performed by some other well known violinists including Joseph Szigetti, Michael Zacherewitsch, and Efrem Zimbalist. in 1920 a celebrated violinist Majorie Haward performed Bowen’s violin concerto opus 33. And the first performances of his sonata for Horn and piano opus 101, and his concerto for horn , strings and timpani opus 150 were premiered and performed by the famous. horn players Aubrey Brain and Dennis Brain. As a piano soloist he gave the world premiere of William Walton’s Sinfonia Concertante for Orchestra and piano and he along with Henry Wood and Frederick Kiddie gave the first British performance of Mozart’s concerto for 3 pianos and orchestra k 242. York Bowen made the first recording of Beethoven’s piano concerto #4 in G.

Bowen’s really had great success in his early career as a pianist and composer before WW1. However by 1929 his romantic style was starting to be considered to old fashioned and out dated. While his first piano concerto composed in 1903 got great compliments from Saint Saens and other world famous composers then, later in his life many people felt he did not get. the real attention he and lots of his works deserved. Many compositions from his later years remained unpublished during his lifetime , and despite efforts of the York Bowen Society there are still many works of his that have not been published yet that deserve to become known and heard, and his orchestral and chamber music works are rarely performed today.
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A New Grant We Just Got

We just got a notice that we got our grant in Weston MA for giving a chamber music concert there too this year.

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We Got Our Grant In Methuen MA Again.

We just got a notice that we got our grant once again in Methuen MA from the Methuen LCC and we will be playing a septet concert at the end of this summer again at the Methuen Memorial Concert Hall.

We Just Started Getting Notices About Grants For 2020

We just started getting notices about the grants that we applied for for supporting our concerts for 2020… We haven’t heard from all of them yet… and usually the rejections get sent out first, so hopefully by not having heard yet that means we’ll get most of them. The first town to tell us we got our grant was Watertown MA.. We still hope to do some septets again for some of our
concerts , but in Watertown one of the pieces we hope to play there is the Mendlessohn Octet.. yes . for four violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos. it is a wonderful piece that Mendlessohn composed when he was only 16 . years old in 1825.
Another nice piece for that combination that we may include in that program are Ludwig Spohr’s double quartet opus 65 for the same instrumentation in the Mendlessohn octet. Spohr compsed this in 1823, at the age of 39, 2 years before Mendlessohn composed his octet, but Spohr didn’t publish his double quartet until 1825 at the same time as Mendlessohn published his octet. That was an exciting year for octets.
There is a . wonderful Octet by George Enesco opus 7 written when he was 19 years old in 1900. Now George Enesco’s music is quite a contrast to the Mendelssohn and Spohr for it was composed 75 years later than the Mendlessohn octet and Enesco was from Romania, quite a different place than Germany as one can tell from the music. Enesco’s octet opus 7 is also quite a remarkable piece.
Niels Wilhelm Gade also composed a nice octet opus 17 in 1849 shortly after Mendlessohn’s death. Even though Gade was Danish and not German and he was twice the age that Mendlessohn had been when he wrote his octet, this octet Gade composed at the age of 32 does have many similarities to the Mendlessohn octet . It is also quite charming. It was out of print for many years. but in the last few decades it is among several great pieces brought back to life.
Now a few months ago in September 2019, and in 2018 we performed the wonderful septet by . Adolphe Blanc both years in several concerts. In 2018 we also performed it with the Beethoven Septet opus 20, and in 2019 we played the Blanc septet with the one by Franz Berwald. Those pieces were for the great combination of violin/viola/cello/bass/clarinet/frenchhorn/bassoon. We hope to perform some more septets this year too for that same combination possibly including one by Conradin Kreutzer (1780-1849) opus 62, a septet in F by Carl Amand Mangold(1813-1889), and if we can find the music possibly quitea charming one by Erzherzog Rudolph von Osterreich in E minor written in 1830 at the age of 42 one year before he died. He lived quite a royal life in Austria but managed to compose some wonderful pieces including this septet.…/octet-op-20-in-eb-…/967158……/octet…/967158&aff_id=625405…/double-string-qu…/21460730……/septet-sheet-mus…/20320709……/septet-in-f-shee…/19498336……/septet-op-20-shee…/2727356… — in Millis, Massachusetts.

No Responses Yet…. Usually That’s Good. Rejections Go Out First

Well we’ve sure applied for lots of grants to play several chamber music concerts in several towns next summer… Almost no places have replied yet to the applications we sent in by October 15th.. That is a good sign… for the rejections always get sent out first. so hopefully almost all the grants we applied for we’ll get for 2020. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Unaccompanied Recital For a Groupmuse Concert


On June 22nd at 7:30 I’ll be giving an . unaccompanied recital at a friends house for a Groupmuse concert. I’ll be performing : Friedrich W. Rust’s solo violin sonata in B-flat, Max Reger’s unaccopanied violin sonata opus 42 # 2 in A major, , Jaroslav Vanecek’s Spanish Rhapsody and Arthur Honegger’s Sonata for solo violin. It is $10 for a ticket. I hope you all can come.. It is at 37 Valley Road in Milton MA.

Unaccompanied Violin Recital in Milton MA 6/22/19 at 7:30pm

Our Chamber Music Concert this Year in Plymouth MA

With the grant we got from the Plymouth MA Local Cultural Council we’ll be performing at the Plymouth Library on August 27 2019 at 7pm. In our program we’ll be playing some of the Telemann Paris Quartets for flute, violin , cello and Double Bass and much more. We greatly thank the Plymouth Local Cultural Council for helping make this concert possible.

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