The Raleigh Symphony Orchestra presents Concerto No. 2

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Concerto No. 2 with Edward Burke

Guitarist, Edward Burke hails from the Raleigh area.  Currently based in San Francisco, CA , he holds a Masters in Music from the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelors of Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts.   He will be featured as guest soloist the with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3PM with a performance of the rarely performed Concerto No. 2 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. solo-guitarist


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The Three Deuces

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:00PM, Jones Auditorium, Meredith College

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Edward Burke, Classical Guitar

  Performs rarely heard Tedesco Guitar Concerto No. 2


Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by J. S. Bach

The Brandenburg concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1046-1051) are a collection of six instrumental works presented by Bach to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, in 1721. They are considered to be some of the best orchestral compositions of the Ba-roque era. Most likely, Bach composed the concertos over several years while Kapellmeister at Kothen. Unfortunately, Christian Ludwig lacked the required number of musicians in his Berlin ensemble, and the works were not performed. After Christian Ludwig’s death the original manuscripts were sold for the equivalent of $22 today. The autograph manuscript was rediscovered in the Brandenburg archives, and the concertos were first published in 1850.

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2: This piece features one trumpet, one flute, one oboe, and one violin soloist with string accompaniment. The trumpet part is considered one of the most difficult in the entire reper-toire. The trumpet does not play in the second movement, a common practice in baroque era concerti due to the construction of the natural trumpet in use at the time, which allow it to play only in major keys. Because concerti often move to a minor key in the second movement, concerti that include the instrument in their first movement often ex-clude it in the second. The third movement is currently the theme for Masterpiece Theater on PBS; it was chosen as the first to be played on the “golden Record”, a phonograph record containing a broad sample of Earth’s common sounds, languages, and music sent into outer space with the two Voyager probes.

Guitar Concerto No. 2 in C major Op. 160 (1953)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was an extremely prolific Italian composer during the first half of the twentieth century. His compositions em-ployed many forms and genres, including but not limited to: ballet(3), opera(4), overtures, concertos, solos, song cycles, and film music.

Perhaps his best known work was the second violin concerto which was written for and dedicated to Joshua Heifetz. He is also remembered as the primary composition teacher of many film composers such as John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Howard Shore.

Tedesco himself composed the score for many films including Serpent of the Nile(1953), Bridge Over the River Kwai(1957), and Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere(1951). Unlike Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s first guitar concerto, the second is relatively unknown and rarely performed. It was written in 1953 which was shortly after ac-claimed Spanish guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia stopped playing new compositions by the composer. Unlike most other composers who were writing music for Segovia a that time, Tedesco was completing works faster than Segovia could learn them. Other guitar works from this period include Escarraman Op. 177, Passacaglia Op. 180, Greeting Cards.

Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian”, Op. 17 by P. Tschaikowsky (1840 – 1893) Written while on a summer vacation in the Ukraine – which at the time the Ukraine was considered “Little Russia”. Tchaikowsky’s use of folk tunes are very prevalent in three of the four movements: For the first movement, the tune “Down the Mother Volga” is found, “Spin, O My Spinner” is used in the second and “The Crane” is the foundation for a theme and variations found in the fourth movement. Its premiere was a success, however, Tchaikowsky made extensive revisions in 1879 by recomposing the first movement, re-orchestrating the scherzo section and by making the finale much shorter. The “second” premiere of this symphony was in 1881. Ironically, the original version was never published.


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