Texas Tech University

School of Music Faculty to Collaborate for First Fall 2016 Concert

Benjamin Robinette

September 14, 2016

The season will open with a recital featuring three small-group works, including two commissioned or composed by Texas Tech faculty.

As part of an ongoing series of chamber music collaborations, Texas Tech University School of Music faculty will present three small-group works in a recital at 4 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 18) in Hemmle Recital Hall. The recital is the first featured concert of the fall 2016 academic semester and is free and open to the public.

Two of the works on the program were commissioned or composed by Texas Tech faculty. David Shea, professor of clarinet; Kevin Wass, professor of tuba; and collaborative pianist Susan Wass will perform "Shadowbook (Three Songs in the Night)" by Cambridge, Massachusetts, composer and organist Carson Cooman. The work was commissioned by the Wasses in 2013.

"Eight Hands," a quartet for flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano, was composed by Matthew Santa, professor of music theory. Shea, along with Lisa Garner Santa, professor of flute; David Dees, professor of saxophone; and Carla Cash, associate professor of piano, will perform the work. They were the original group that premiered the piece in 2014.

The title of the work refers both to the eight hands of the performers that work together to realize it on stage and to eight hands of poker, Matthew Santa said. The titles of the individual movements refer both to specific hands in the game of poker and to human states of being.

"Just as any game has its rules, any composition has its governing principles," he said. "In 'Eight Hands,' sonata form governs the structure of the outer movements, while the slow middle movement is a passacaglia."

The themes in the work are organized in familiar ways, Santa said, but there also are characteristics that individualize them, just as each player in a game individualizes the game itself.

"The music tells their story, but it is left to the audience to decide whether these characters are actually playing a card game, or merely using poker metaphors to tell stories from their lives," he said.

Another School of Music professor will make his faculty performance debut with a sonata for baroque flute and harpsichord. Kim Pineda, visiting assistant professor of musicology and specialist in baroque flute performance, will perform Michel Blavet's mid-18th-century "Sonata in E Minor, Op. 3, No. 3" with William Averill collaborating on harpsichord. Blavet was renowned for being the greatest flute virtuoso in France during the 18th century.

For a full list of fall 2016 performances, visit the School of Music event calendar.