Santa Barbara Music Club

Consonance and Dissonance

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Faulkner Gallery

Program Information

  • Cipriano de Rore: O Sonno
    Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five English Folk Songs
    David Halls: Praise the Lord
    Sammy Fain: Sammy Fain (arr. Paris Rutherford)
    Grey Brothers, director
  • Mozart: String Quartet in C K. 465 “Dissonance”
    Irving Weinstein, violin
    Gray Chandler, violin
    Diana Ray-Goodman, viola
    Ervin Klinkon, cello

Notes on the Program

by Betty Oberacker

One of the highlights of Santa Barbara Music Club’s concerts is the opportunity for audiences to hear great music from a variety of historical periods, with a diversity of musical forms, performed by excellent artists.

The program opens with an eclectic and fascinating display of choral music by the Westmont Chamber Singers, M. Grey Brothers, music director. Featured will be O Sonno, by the Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer Cipriano de Rore, Five English Folk Songs and The Dark-Eyed Sailor, the Springtime of the Year, and Just as the Tide Was flowing, arranged by the renowned British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, Praise the Lord, by the British church organist and composer David Halls, and Alice in Wonderland, by the popular songwriter Sammy Fain and arranged by Paris Rutherford.

The program will conclude with the exquisite Quartet in C major, K. 465 (“Dissonance”) of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, presented by the Channel Islands String Quartet. The work’s four movements, “Adagio-Allegro,” “Andante cantabile,” “Minuetto,” and “Allegro,” comprise one of the most revolutionary as well as profound utterances by the composer. The quartet earned the nickname “Dissonance” due to the unusually chromatic harmonic structure of the introduction, and the work as a whole was once completely foreign to its audience – but is now considered a transcendently fresh and emotionally poignant creation.

The work is the last of a set of six String Quartets inspired by and dedicated to Haydn’s Op. 33, itself a set of six String Quartets (Mozart’s six are known as the Haydn Quartets). Mozart and Haydn had established a friendship untainted by envy and characterized by mutual admiration, so Mozart had sent the set to Haydn. There followed a most wonderful interchange of correspondence:

Upon receipt of Mozart’s set Haydn asserted to Mozart’s father, “I tell you, before God and as an honest man, that your son is the greatest composer known to me, either in person or by name. He has taste, and, what is more, a most thorough knowledge of composition.” And Mozart, in turn, replied: “Your good opinion encourages me to offer these string quartets to you, and leads me to hope that you will not consider them wholly unworthy of your favour. Please, then, receive them kindly and be to them a father, guide, and friend!”