Reminisence

‘REMINISCENCE’

Mimi Chan, harpsichord
Marion Barraclough, recorder
Reidun Turner, viola da gamba

Sunday 7 December 2008 2pm
ST. PETER’S PARISH HALL
Gisborne St, East Melbourne
Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artists

Mimi Chan is a third year BMus/LLB student at the University of Melbourne. She is studying harpsichord with John O’Donnell and piano with Professor Ronald Farren-Price. Mimi was awarded her LMusA (piano) in 2005 and AMusA with distinction (piano) in 2002. She first began to take an interest in early music during her high school years at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, where she was awarded the Shirley M. Bridges-Cresswell Music Scholarship in 2001 to commence harpsichord studies with Priscilla Alderton. She was also awarded the PLC Old Collegians Melba Memorial Award in 2003. Mimi has performed in the Early Arts Guild of Victoria “Early Music in the Very Round” concert series of 2007 (playing harpsichord) and 2008 (playing organ). Recently Mimi was involved in organising “Music for Life”, a benefit concert raising funds to support a music program for local Sudanese refugee young people. Mimi also enjoys playing piano regularly for worship at Crossway Baptist Church.

Marion Barraclough is studying a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Laws degree at The University of Melbourne and is a member of the Baroque Ensemble at the Early Music Studio led by Greg Dikmans. In October Marion appeared with the ensemble in Recreation de Musique, Melbourne University’s Faculty of Music Opera Project during the Spring Early Music Festival. This year Marion has also enjoyed performing in the EMS Soiree series, the Past Echoes Autumn Music Festival and in the Early Music in the Very Round series at St Cuthbert’s Brighton. Keen to immerse herself in a deeper study of baroque music, this year she commenced Baroque Flute studies under Greg Dikmans. Beyond academic study, practice and part-time work as a music teacher, Marion is an active member of Students In Free Enterprise and is Education Officer of the Melbourne University Music Students’ Society. Marion hopes 2009 will bring opportunities for travel and collaborations with other musicians.

Reidun Turner is currently studying viola da gamba and recorder at the University of Melbourne under Miriam Morris and Ruth Wilkinson as well as completing a bachelors of Laws. On viola da gamba Reidun has recorded for the ABC as part of their ‘rising stars’ program and performed with Laura Moore in regional and metropolitan Victoria. In November she also performed with the viol consort, Consort Eclectus. In addition to this she has had many performance opportunities on recorder including a production of Gagliano’s Daphne for the Woodend Music Festival. On both recorder and gamba she has performed with the University’s Baroque Ensemble for the Melbourne Spring Early Music Festival and the Autumn Music Festival. Reidun is excited to combine with some of Melbourne’s finest young musicians to bring you this new exciting program.

Order of Program

Georg Phillip Telemann, 1681-1767 Trio Sonata in A minor
Largo Allegro Adagio Allegro

Evan Gainsford – Trio Sonata in A minor I II Allegro III Broad and Gentle TV Detached and Noble

Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750 French Suite No. 5 in G Major BWV 816 Allemande Courante Sarabande Gavotte Bouree Loure Gigue

Marin Marais, 1656-1728 Suite in £ minor, Pieces de Viole, Deuxieme Livre Fantaisie Rondeau Champetre

Arcangelo Corelli, 1653-1713 – Sonata in C major Op. 5 No. 3 Adagio Allegro Adagio Allegro Allegro

INTERVAL

Roxanne Phillips – Suite in G minor
Prelude Allemande Courante Sarabande Gigue

Diego Ortiz, 1510-1570
Recercada Primero
Recercada Segunda

Benjamin Thorn – Hot Silk
I Presto
II Gently
III Vigorously

Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750 – Sonata in G minor (orig. Em) BWV 1034
Adagio ma non tanto Allegro Andante Allegro

Alyx Lib Harng Chan – Snow Mountain Tango

MEET THE COMPOSERS

Evan Gainsford, an emerging Melbourne composer, has his stylistic background in minimalism and romanticism. During the past year, a number of his works have been performed in various venues around Melbourne, mostly in the form of incidental music as part of theatrical pieces. His core interest is in creating different atmospheres where one may go beyond their normal perspective, giving him a leaning towards the possibilities of electronic music. Evan is currently studying composition under Elliot Gyger.

“It would not take one long to realise that Triosonata hi A minor only loosely resembles a traditional triosonata. Apart from its use of modern techniques and a romantic aesthetic goal, it references Baroque traits only as a form of quotation. The whole work was designed to create and withhold energy to focus and aim towards the fourth and final movement. Contrary to convention, it is not until this point that the work arrives in its home key, A minor.” – Evan Gainsford, 2008

Roxanne Phillips is currently hi her third year at The University of Melbourne majoring in Composition. She also teaches and plays the flute performing as a flautist and also as a soprano hi various ensembles including the MSO Chorus, The Choir of St John’s Toorak, The Melbourne University Orchestra and Melbourne University Flute Ensemble.

“Inspired by the Baroque period and given the selection of instruments (Alto Recorder, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord) I decided to write a composition based upon the traditional Baroque Dance Suite. I have aimed to create a fusion of old and new by incorporating modern harmonies, tango like influences and extended techniques whilst adhering to the overall form and key structure of the Baroque suite. I have also endeavoured to accentuate the sensual nature of Baroque Music particularly in the dance suite movements. Baroque music is far from stale and conservative rather the emotional energy is sensitive and restrained.” – Roxanne Phillips, 2008

Alyx Lib Harng Chan is an international student from Hong Kong, studying media and communications and philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Movie and gaming music were early influences on his style while Classical, Jazz and Latin music have also become major influences. Music is Alyx’s greatest interest in life and he hopes that his music will communicate wide ranging emotions and tell many stories.

“The starting point of inspiration for Snow Mountain Tango was Bach’s Sonata in G minor. The Baroque sound is created by the prominence of counter melodies throughout the piece and the use of harpsichord, gamba and recorder. I have given a certain character to each instrument so that the piece provides a contemporary metaphor that people can connect with. To me, the recorder sounds like a gentle breeze and the harpsichord evokes an icy feeling. Vivaldi’s Winter has provided inspiration as it portrays a similar sort of scenery.” – Alyx Chan, 2008