Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

Program I

American Spring

Saturday, August 23, 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, August 24, 4:00 P.M. -- SOLD OUT

Works of J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Harbison, Stanek

It would be inarticulate to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of CPE Bach without the music of J.S. Bach and Joseph Haydn, both his origins and in some sense his destiny. Let’s not kid ourselves, these anchors have more weight than the ship we are launching. But CPE’s virtues are made clearest by posing his cheeky, mischievous, iconoclastic imagination against the stabilizing, normative, and finally more clear-minded music of his father precursor and his successor “heir.” It could be said that CPE’s task was to dismantle some of his father’s synthesis, and Haydn’s was to reassemble, balance, and clarify the brilliant musical vistas glimpsed by CPE.

Songs America Loves to Sing proposes to adapt J.S. Bach’s chorale prelude principle, his inclusion of familiar melodies as tugboats through unfamiliar musical waters, into a modern setting, the tune supposedly widely and currently familiar, the compositional terrain complicated by canons, re-harmonizations, and diversions.


Partita in E Major (selections) Johann Sebastian Bach Trio in D major for violin, cello, and piano, Hob XV:24 Franz Joseph Haydn The Direction in Which the Wind Moves (World Premiere, commissioned for TCF's 25th) Jeff Stanek for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano Sonata V in E minor for piano, violin, and cello, Wq 89, no. 5 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Songs America Loves to Sing (Midwest Premiere) John Harbison for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano Dawn Lawler, fluteJoe Morris, clarinetLaura Burns, violinRose Mary Harbison, violin
Karl Lavine, celloJohn Harbison, pianoJeff Stanek, commissioned composer