|Sunday 24th November at 3pm,|
Glebe Music Festival
In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc
Elisabeth Mitchelmore, violin
plus James Kortum (flute) and David Miller (piano).
Never seeming destined to have a career in music, Melanie Bonis (1858-1937) through her own inner determination from being a self-taught pianist to a fortuitous meeting with Cesar Franck, who created the opportunity for Melanie in 1876 to study at the Conservatoire, has created a vast and varied output of musical compositions including the Sonate pour Flute et Piano. This hidden gem in the flute and piano repertoire is lush in melody and rich in harmonic content, obviously influenced by the romantic style of the day. Sadly, in her final years, though still composing, in a letter to her daughter, she wrote in reference to her Chant Nuptial (Hamelle 1928) “My greatest sorrow to never hear my music.”
The composer Henry Woollett (1864-1936) lived most of his life in Le Havre, a city on the coast of north-western France. His parents were English and as a composer he often drew on German models, yet his music retains a distinctively Gallic character. He was mostly self-taught but spent some time at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he studied composition with Jules Massenet and piano with Raoul Pugno. The Flute Sonata was completed in September 1902 and dedicated to Georges Barrère. It reveals the predictable influence of Gabriel Fauré and César Franck, but also moments that draw on the chromatic harmonies of Richard Wagner and the keyboard textures of Johannes Brahms.
From the first bars the work establishes a vibrant partnership between pianist and flautist.. The music contains many contrasting ideas that are juxtaposed for dramatic effect. The melodic material is fragmented and gives the composition its structural cohesion. Brilliant idiomatic writing exploits the colouristic and expressive possibilities of both instruments throughout this valuable addition to the Romantic repertoire for the flute.
Hyoungsik Shin played Janggu before the main concert
James Kortum is currently Lecturer in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Originally from the United States, James came to Australia in 1977 to take up the position of Principal Flute with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. In 1980 he moved to Sydney to become Principal Flute with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and in 1987 won the Second Flute position with the Sydney Symphony. Subsequently he has also been Principal Flute with the Sydney productions of Phantom of the Opera and Fiddler on the Roof. He also has been Guest Principal Flute with the Queensland Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand), Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, Hunter Sinfonia and Pacific Opera Orchestra. In 2005 he received the Master of Arts (Music) degree from the University of Newcastle for his test on flute playing, The Purposeful Flautist: Technique to Interpretation. ©Grevillea Ensemble.
David Miller is recognised as one of Australia’s leading pianists, chamber musicians and accompanists. He has been described as “the role model of Australian accompanists” and has been appointed to the Order of Australia.
Amabile Trio Biography
Jocelyn Fazzone (flute)
Elisabeth Mitchelmore (violin)
Rachel Valler OAM
The Amabile Trio
Elizabeth, Jocelyn and Rachel first met when they tutored for the ACMS. Enjoying their association both musically and personally, they formed “Amabile”, a trio for flute, violin and piano. Their repertoire extends from the Baroque to the 21st century.
Click here to read the bios of the Amabile Trio