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Incidentally Speaking

Bill articulates how music propels dramatic action and sustains poignant moments in performing arts. “Incidental music” may be a misnomer. It started with Greek dramas but, as Bill explains, music often plays a pivotal if not starring role. Example: in the opening scene of the play Moderen (The Mother) by Helge Rode, Nielsen’s two-minute “The Fog is Lifting” drives the tableau of a mother leaving her son. Works by Fauré, Mendelssohn, Debussy, and others are equally compelling.

Program 1

Join Bill as he ventures into the exciting world of coexsisting senses as we start out with incidental music from Mozart and Sibelius.

Strauss: The Fencing Master fr. Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

RCA 68637

Mozart: Thamos, Koenig in Aegypten, K. 345 (excerpts)
Sinfonia Varsovia/Krivine
Denon 75372

Sibelius: Pelléas et Méllisande, Op. 46
Berlin Philharmonic/Karajan
DG 410 026

Nielsen: The Fog is Lifting
Galway, fl.; Williams, hp.
RCA 21296

Program 2

We open with a commissioned piece by Gabriel Fauré and continue with Mendelssohn's incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Fauré:  Pelleás et Mélisande Suite
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner
Argo 410552

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61: Overture & Incidental Music
BSO & Tanglewood Festival Chorus/Ozawa; Battle, s.; von
Stade, ms.; Dench, nar.
DG 439 897
11:52 & 21:03

Program 3

From the ledgend of the Gordian Knot to the curse of Macbeth, Bill uncovers the incredible tunes of incidental music. Let your imagination run wild during Elgar's Starlight Express.

Purcell: Music from The Gordian Knot Unty’d, Z. 597
La Stravaganza Köln
Denon 81757 9250 2

Sullivan: Macbeth (excerpts)
Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra & Ireland National Chamber Choir/Penny
Marco Polo 8.223635

Elgar: The Starlight Express, Op. 78 (excerpts)
LPO/Handley; Masterson, s.; Hammon-Stroud, bar.
EMI 69891                                               

Program 4

Bill starts us off with incidental music from Beethoven and then moves into Debussy's arrangement for Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien.

Anon: Folias Antiguas (excerpt)
Hesperion XXI/Savall
Alia Vox

Beethoven: Overture & Incidental Music to Egmont
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/Davies; Gessendorf, s.
EMI 49927
7:29, 13:15                        

Debussy: Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (excerpts)
New York Phil. & Choral Arts Society of New York/Bernstein;
Weaver, Montealegre, Addison, Babikian, Kleinman &
Simon, soloists.
Sony 60596

Program 5

Bill plays several short excerpts including Lully's and Strauss' arrangments for Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, and contemporary incidental music from Bill's friend Joe Gianono.

De La Halle: Robin m’aime
Les Menestriers Picards
Calliope 9512                                           

Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (excerpts)
Le Concert des Nations/Savall
Alia Vox 9807              
:46, 8:14                                                                                           

Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60 (excerpts)
RCA 68637
:23, 20:35

Gianono: Small Craft Warnings

Gianono: Ethereal Trumpet fr. A Very Slippery Slope
Drewes, tpt.                                  

Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23 (excerpts)
Oslo Philharmonic/Salonen; Hendricks, s.
CBS 44528


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