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Aliento Chamber Players...Music is the 'breath of life'


Aliento Chamber Players
Sunday August 2, 3:00pm


Bring your own blanket or chair(s)
(also please note: facilities are not available)
and enjoy a spatially-distant concert experience

The Dance Hall presents Concerts by the Bridge at The John Paul Jones Historic Site, a free outdoor summer concert series.

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Zoia Bologovsky, violin
Oksana Gorokhovskiy, violin
Jan Heirtzler, viola
Dorothy Braker, cello
String quartet No. 2, Alexander Borodin
  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Scherzo. Allegro
  3. Notturno. Andante
  4. Finale. Andante - Vivace
String Quartet Opus 96 "American", Antonín Dvorák
  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Lento
  3. Molto vivace - Trio
  4. Finale. Vivace ma non troppo


Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) was not a composer by trade. While he pursued a distinguished career first as a surgeon and later as a distinguished chemist, this Russian composer of Georgian descent wrote music in bits and pieces, well known for tossing far more pages into his waste basket then ever reached the ears of the public. The exception was his String Quartet No. 2 in D Major. This last work was, unlike the others, written in a rapid flush of activity lasting only a few months during a summer vacation and contained all of the beauty that his other compositions did, but you can hear in it how it flows from one movement to another, giving this particular composition a different kind of strength. Borodin is particularly well known for his gift of melody. His thematic material is always very memorable and romantic. Borodin is part of a famous group of Russian composers of his time, at the end of the Romantic period, that produced a uniquely Russian kind of classical music, using the Russian folk melodies and scales. An advocate of women's rights, he was also a promoter of education in Russia and founded the School of Medicine for Women in St. Petersburg. Please note that he was a cellist. When you hear the Notturno movement of the string quartet, you will see why we are pointing this out.

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) String quartet in F major, Op. 96 (American) A Czech composer who spent three years in the United States of America as the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He was given the chance to vacation in the summertime in Spilville, Iowa, close to the Native American community where he had the opportunity to hear their music-making and incorporate the essence of this music into his own compositions. This famous quartet was completed in two short weeks. Dvorak was intent on finding the American sound, and this quartet is one of three very famous compositions where he explored the pentatonic scales associated with both the African and Native American communities. In many of the movements you will also hear his fascination of the sounds that a train makes. He often visited Grand Central Station to listen to trains entering and leaving, to create those sounds within his own music. Listen carefully, especially in the last movement of the quartet.
"With the performance of pianist Mary Towse-Beck, the Aliento Chamber Players series at Christ Episcopal Church has become Exeter's answer to Carnegie Hall"

Lois Yopp
former faculty of music, Northwestern University

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