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The Blackburn-Hughes Duo's Czech Program
The Blackburn-Hughes Duo performed this program at the 1996 South Bohemia Music
Festival in Tabor, The Czech Republic.
Sonatina, by Eldin Burton, was chosen as the prize-winning composition in
the 1947 New York Flute Club contest. Burton, a native of Fitzgerald, Georgia, studied at
the Juilliard School and later became director of the Georgia Conservatory and Music
Center in Atlanta. In 1947, in addition to composing Sonatina, he made his New York
debut as a pianist.
Suite Antique, by John Rutter, is a six-movement work reflecting earlier
times in each movement's titles, yet showing Rutter's penchant for rhythmic and harmonic
good humor. The suite, composed in 1981, has as its titles Prelude, Ostinato,
Aria, Waltz, Chanson, and Rondeau.
Grand Mamou, written by Paul Hayden in 1991, is based on four Louisiana
Cajun folk songs:
- Les Veuves de la Coulee (The Widows of the Creek) tells of a group of
women going into town to buy yellow cotton to make dresses.
- Grand Mamou is the most popular folk song of the four--it tells of a
broken-hearted lover returning to Grand Mamou (a small town in southern Louisiana.)
- Te Monde (Little One) is a song about another broken-hearted lover:
"Why are you like that? Waiting for me day and night, just to cause me misery, little
- Point Noir Two-Step is about a lover bemoaning his fate. The reference in
the title to a dark, wooded area just south of Grand Mamou is never mentioned in the
Sonata, by Lowell Liebermann, is a two-movement work for flute and piano
which was commissioned by the Spoleto Festival Chamber Music Series, and was premiered
there in 1988. The first movement, "Lento con rubato," establishes an ethereal
mood of mystery, with occasional outbursts from both piano and flute, but the atmosphere
quickly dissolves with the driving finale, "Presto energico," which requires
great stamina from both players and is marked by virtuoso passages throughout.
Scherzo, by Bohuslav Martinu, was composed in 1929 after Martinu
emigrated to Paris. At the time he was fascinated with American jazz, and this work
contains evidence of that influence. This work, which is subtitled
"Divertimento", is the third movement of his Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe,
Clarinet and two Bassoons.