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First Concert of the 19th Season


Sunday, November 10th, 1957
High School Auditorium
Vernon H. Stinebaugh, Conductor

  Overture to Egmont Ludwig van Beethoven  
  Suite from the Water Music George F. Handel
(arr. Hamilton Harty)
  Praise Alec Rowley  
  Lend Thine Ear to My Prayer A. Archangelsky  
  Alleluia Randall Thompson  
  Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho Spiritual, arr. by Higgin  
  Number Please Glenn Bacon  
  Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker Suite) Tschaikowsky-Simeone  
  The Elkhart High School Choir  
  Praeludium Armas Jaenefelt  
  Slavonic Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 269 Carl Friedemann  

Program Notes by Paul Halladay

  Overture to Egmont Ludwig van Beethoven

Sometimes composers create their music for use with the spoken drama. Such a work may be in the form of an introduction to the play; it may occur between the acts or even within the acts and is known as 'incidental music' to the play. Such a composition is the Egmont Overture. For this play of Goethe, Beethoven composed an overture, four entr'actes and two songs.

Coutn Egmont was a heroic and noble stalwart participating in the attempt of the Netherlands to throw off the yoke of Spain. Unfortunately, because of infamous trickery, Egmont was executed.

One can never cease to marvel at Beethoven's deep and penetrating analysis of human traits and character. He never feared to challenge the status quo and he was a ready champion of the cause of freedom for the common man. Our admiration for Beethoven runs deep because of his ability and skill in speaking this philosophy so clearly through the medium of pure tone. In this majestic overture we are really hearing a character delineation of Egmont himself as well as a brief synopsis of the drama. It was composed in 1809-10 and was given its first performance with the Goethe play in Vienna in 1810.

  Suite from the Water Music George F. Handel
(arr. Hamilton Harty)

There seem to have been few dull moments in the long and active lilfe of Handel. Beginning in his mid-teens as organist in his home town, Halle, Germany, later going to Hamburg where he played in the opera orchestra, and where he composed his first opera, thence to various parts of Europe, writing successful operas in Italy, in the traditions of Italian opera, going later to England as a composer and producer of opera, he then turned to oratorio and it was in this area that most of us have come to remember him.

He was an undisputed master in this kind of composition, but let us remember that he composed quantities of instrumental music also. Handel was a superb melodist and this very quality gives his music a universal appeal regardless of the medium in which it is expressed. It 'sticks out' all through this set of pieces today.

An intriguing story, but unhappily not true, about this Water Music has persisted through the years. It says -- while Handel was serving as Kapellmeister for Elector George of Hannover, he (Handel) made a visit to England and stayed so over-long that Elector George was angry. Shortly Handel's embarrassment became acute when the Elector became King George I of England. The problem: How to get back in the good graces of the king. Two friends came to the rescue with the suggestion that Handel compose some music for a water festival when the king and his party would be in the royal barge in the Thames river. Legend has it that the king was so charmed by the music that he quickly forgave Handel. The problem with this lovely little story is that this festival was in 1714 but the Water Music was composed in 1717.

Facts are, the music was composed for a concert for the king as he was entertaining guests on his barge in the Thames river at this later time. Beside the royal barge was that of the orchestra consisting of fifty players. The king was so pleased with the performance that he commanded it to be repeated, not once, but twice, once just before supper and again right after. Today we, in the audience, have good seats on the "royal barge."

  Praeludium Armas Jaernefelt
(b. 1869)

Since the recent death of Sibelius, our thoughts run to the Finns and their music. Jaenefelt, born in 1869, an influential conductor and composer of Finland has given us works chiefly in the orchestral area, overtures, symphonic suites and tone poems.

While listening to music it is good to give the mind to specific points of observation and enjoyment. It is suggested here that one follow the many reiterations of the melodic pattern, sol, la, ti, do, with the 'embroidery' of other tone patterns.

Here's two-minutes-worth of sheer delight.

  Slavonic Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 269 Carl Friedemann

The title "Slavonic Rhapsody" gives us two clues as to the nature of the composition. A rhapsody is in the general class of fantasie, or fantasy and usggests free imagination and unfettered emotion rather than an intellectual restraint and calmness. But never let it be thought that in the compositions there is lack of order and discipline. Such works are well-planned and logically made but they are intended to sound impromptu.

Add to the foregoing the influence of the Slavic temperament, with its warm-blooded urge for activity and love of freedom shown through the restless rhythms and plentiful accents. Interplay between major and minor tonality as well as key changes load the composition with color. We can anticipate here an invigorating and exciting experience.


Manchester Symphony Orchestra Personnel

  Violin I
Marilyn Whitmore, Concertmistress +
Carol Ruth Stout +
Anita Bollinger +
Clara Buchanan +
David Royer +
Clara Logan +
Madonna Persons
Rosemary Manifold
Louis Durflinger

Violin II
John Barr *+
Beverly Shull
Nancy Sigmon
Marcia Denlinger +
Dorothy Rautenkranz
Aletha Rautenkranz
Judith Gottmann
Margaret Gable +
Dorothy Baer
Rosemary Bolinger
Miriam McCleary
Jean Trestrail
Ronald Kuhn +
Max Hammonds

Don Godlevski *+
Lloyd Hoff
Ralph Bealer
Verna Trestrail
Elaine Shilts
Cora Shultz

Janet Arnold *+
Guy Rumsey +
Priscilla Lyman
Bonita Gibble +
Virginia Kinder +
Lois Sundheimer
Marilyn Buchanan

David McCormick *
Clyde Holsinger
Richard Bealer
Spencer Turner

Alice Stebbins +
Alice Stebbins *+
Sylvia Thomas +
Joyce Person

Reis Flora *+
Mary Lou Smith
Susan Fox
Elaine Rodkey +

Richard Berg *+
Larry Thompson +

Hugo Fox *
Alice Ray

Alto Saxophone
Robert LeFevre +

Philip Shellhaas *+
Patricia Leckrone
Harold Leckrone
Don Deardorff +

Carolyn Schuler *
Jan Melvin +
Howard Royer +

Truman Reinoehl *+
Bobb Keaffaber +
Keith Fox (Bass)

William Eberly

Barry Deardorff +
John Sprinkle +
Willard Dulabaum +
M. Gene Coe

Diane Sprouls +

* Denotes principal
+ Denotes MC student
William GowdyThe Elkhart High School Choir of sixty-three voices is composed of Juniors and Seniors selected from the student body. This is the advanced group of the four choral activities offered as an elective in the curriculum of the Elkhart High School.

Elkhart Hich School Choirs in previous years have appeared before various groups in the midwest, including Quiz Kids on T.V. in March 1951, the Indiana Music Educators Association's Annual Convention, Music Educators National Conference, and the Kiwanis International Convention in 1955 in Cleveland. The Choirs also make a number of community appearances in their home town in addition to two full concerts each year.

Mr. William Gowdy, director of this fine choir, received his training at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and at Northwestern University. He taught for eleven years in the public schools in Iowa prior to the time he came to Elkhart in 1942. Ethel Kambs is the accompanist for the choir.
The second concert of the nineteenth season will be on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1958. An unusually fine concert is planned, which will be directed primarily to the interests of the young people, since the second concert is traditionally our youth concert. Appearing as soloist on this program will be 11 year old Jon David Toth, violinist, of Mishawaka, Ind. He will play the Viotti Concerto No. 22 in A minor for violin and orchestra. This entire concert will be repeated on Monday night, Feb. 24 at the high school in Akron, Indiana, under the auspices of the Women's Club of Akron.

Dec. 6 -- College String Symphony Concert, 7:30 P.M. featuring the Faculty-Staff Chorus of Manchester College, in Winger Recital Hall.

Dec. 15 -- College Christmas Choral Concert, 7:30 P.M. in the College Auditorium.