With great pride, I announce that in two weeks, my quartet group will be performing a great concert of unusual and rarer works.
on the programme:
Michael Conway Baker: piano quartet (Canadian composer)
Samuel Barber: Intermezzo (arr. by Michel R. Edward... me. I'm happy to say I finally got my permission from Schirmer's to create and perform the arrangement)
Gustav Mahler: piano quartet 1st movement (the only "complete" movement of this VERY early work of the master's... he wrote it when he was only 16)
and to finish off the concert
Arthur Foote: Piano quartet in C major (19th century American composer, regrettably neglected master of romantic music, and this quartet is a pure masterpiece)
The Foote quartet is very rapidly becoming one of my most favourite works in the entire repertoire. Every time we rehearse it we find details of pure genius in every measure, every phrase, every note.
Arthur Foote is an interesting composer. He was the first "serious" composer to be entirely schooled in North America. And this might be part of the reason for his neglect - what with the snobbism that accompanied the "need" for training in Europe at the time.
The piano quartet is a masterful work that stands proudly next to any work by a European master of the same period. I hope at some point to create a performing edition of this work, as it is out of print since the early 20th century. (it can be purchased from an online website, but they are simply reprinting the original 1905 edition from a PDF file)
As for Samuel Barber, well.. HAPPY 100th Sam! we love you and miss you.