Barbara Ann Fackler, harp
Daniel Fackler, horn
Alicia Cordoba Tait, oboe
Recital for Soli Deo Gloria
22 July 2006
horn, harp, oboe
Entr'acte from Act III
horn, harp, oboe
Divertimento pour Cor d'Harmonie en Fa et
Algues (7 pièces pour Hautbois et
from Suite for Horn and Harp
Guitare Pièce caractéristique pour la Harpe Op.
A Swan's Song
Music arranged by Daniel and/or Barbara Fackler may be purchased from Pretty
View Me Lord, A Work of Thine
horn, harp, oboe
Joys of Spring Waltz
British composer Ralph
Vaughan-Williams (1872-1958) was among the first to collect and notate
folk songs and carols which were becoming extinct. He edited the
English Hymnal and the Oxford Book of Carols and composed several hymns
that became world wide favorites including For All the Saints and Come
Down O Love Divine.
Legend holds that Greensleeves was composed by Henry the VII for Anne
Boelyn. The first record of the tune in print dates to 1585.
Vaughan-Williams’s Fantasia on Greensleeves
includes the English folk tune Lovely June in the contrasting
middle section. The Fantasia was originally an interlude for
his opera Sir John With Love.
Gaspare-Luigi Spontini (1774-1851) served as a church musician and
worked in Napoleon Bonaparte’s court. Spontini had relocated
to Paris where he found earning a living as a composer difficult.
Earning the favor of Empress Josephine, he secured the position of
imperial typesetter. It was through Josephine’s fondness for
his music that he gained acclaim as a composer of opera. In 1811 he
married Marie-Céleste Erárd, niece of the famous
piano and harp builder Sebastien Erárd.
Erárd’s innovations in the mechanism of the
double-action harp changed the way harps were built, and are still
incorporated into modern pedal harps. As a composer, Spontini is best
known for his operas. His marriage into the Erárd family may
explain this work for harp.
Bernard Andrés combines composing with his position as
principal harpist with the French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. His
innovative ways to pull new sounds from the harp does so in ways that
embellish the entire effect, rather than presenting a special effect as
a mere novelty. Andrés admits to preferring short musical
ideas and the breaking of Algues into seven short movements is typical
of his work. The title, Algues, literally means
Jeanne Singer, composer and pianist, set over one hundred fifty poems
to music as art songs, choral works and vocal-chamber settings
combining voice with solo instruments. She has composed a number of
chamber works for various combinations of instruments including flute,
oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp, violin, viola, cello, piano.
The Suite for Horn and Harp was commissioned by a Jeanne Fintz
Goldstein and Arthur E. Goldstein, a husband and wife horn and harp duo
in 1980. Jeannne Singer died in June of 2000.
Five-Olé is a quick romp in 5/8 time where the two
instruments trade melodic and accompanimental roles.
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 -1921) was for nearly twenty years
organist at the Madeleine in Paris and taught at the École
Niedermeyer, where he befriended his pupil Gabriel Fauré.
One of his most well known works is The Carnival of the Animals, from
which The Swan(Le Cygne) is extracted. The original work was a private
joke for the enjoyment of the composer's friends and except for The
Swan, Saint-Saëns refused to allow performances until after
his death. Russian choreographer Michel Fokine used Le Cygne for
ballerina Anna Pavlova's signature solo dance “The Dying
Swan” in 1905. The poem by Sara Yarrow, A Swan’s
Song, added in this version by composer/harpist Carlos
Salzedo(1885-1961) reflects the interpretation by Fokine. Salzedo is
one of this century's most respected(and sometimes controversial) harp
teachers. Salzedo established the harp department at the Curtis
Institute of Music in 1924 and founded the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony,
in Camden, Maine, where he taught until his death in 1961. The Colony
serves harp students from around the world today. Salzedo’s
version of The Swan is scored for voice, cello and harp. In our
version, horn replaces the cello, oboe replaces the voice, and missing
segments of Saint-Saëns’ original melody are
With roots in classical music, Jackson Berkey’s published
works include 300 compositions for solo voice, solo instruments, choir,
orchestra, and chamber groups. An ASCAP award-winning composer, his
works receive hundreds of performances and recordings from professional
choral and chamber music ensembles each year. Jackson is also
well-known nationally as a pianist and recording artist and the
featured keyboardist on Mannheim Steamroller’s Fresh Aire and
platinum Christmas recordings.
The text source for View Me, Lord, A Work Of Thine is English poet and
composer Thomas Campion (1567-1610). Campion supplied texts and music
for masques of the court of James the First. Berkey's setting repeats
the second verse as a refrain, ending the piece with the echoing
repetition of "endless, endless, endless days", painting a picture of
God's faithfulness to his covenants. The version here has been arranged
for our trio with the blessing of the composer, for which we are
grateful. The vocal line is played by the oboe.
View Me Lord, A Work of Thine
View Me, Lord, A Work of Thine;
Shall I then lie drown'd in night?
Might Thy grace in me but shine,
I should seem made all of light.
Worldly joys like shadows fade,
When the heav'nly light appears;
But the cov'nants Thou has made,
Endless, know nor days, nor years.
In Thy word, Lord, is my trust;
To Thy mercies fast I fly;
Though I am but clay and dust,
Yet Thy grace can lift me high.
Adam Geibel (1855-1933) was a successful composer, conductor, and
organist. Blinded at age 8 by an untreated eye infection, he studied at
the Philadelphia Institute for the Blind, and wrote a number of Gospel
songs, anthems, cantatas, as well as popular music. His best known hymn
is Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus. During his lifetime, parlor music was
very popular and within that genre, “waltz-songs”
became a staple. The Joys of Spring Waltz is typical of this form and
was published by Geibel in several versions, piano solo, chamber
ensemble, women’s trio and piano/vocal. In the spirit of the
parlor concert, we’ve arranged this delightful music for our
Program notes ©
Daniel K. Fackler 2006