its final tour stop in Hattiesburg, the Victoria Bach Ensemble will
present "Bach to Beethoven: A Musical Journey" at 7:30
p.m. on June 16 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church.
Three of the
five members have close ties to the area and The University of Southern
Mississippi. Stephen Redfield, violin, and Dana Ragsdale, harpsichord,
are faculty members in the School of Music at Southern Miss. Cellist
Dieter Wulfhorst is a former faculty member, having filled a one-year
appointment in 2000.
of the ensemble include violinist Susan Doering and violist Suzanna
traces the musical influences, stylistic and teacher-to-student,
that link the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Intervening composers include two of Bach's sons, Wilhelm Friedemann
and Carl Philipp Emanuel, as well as Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang
program includes J.S. Bach's "Christ lag in Todes Banden";
W.F. Bach's "Sinfonie in F Major"; C P.E. Bach's "Sonata
No. 6 in G Major (Kenner und Liebhaber)"; Haydn's "Piano
Trio in A Major"; Mozart's "Preludes and Fugues for String
Trio"; and Beethoven's "String Quartet in C Minor, Op.
18, No. 4."
of Bach's sons naturally shows their father's influence, both having
studied with him," Redfield said. "Their compositions,
however, took music into new stylistic territory--the rococo, with
its light mood and decorative qualities, and the dramatic and emotionally
shifting 'empfindsamer' style."
explained that Mozart's own father urged him to take after Bach's
sons, who were socially and financially successful. The young musical
genius was more inclined to study Johann Sebastian's style by transcribing
fugues from the "Well-Tempered Clavichord."
Haydn and Beethoven
also admired the older Bach's mastery but echoes of the graceful
rococo style may be heard in Haydn's trio and of the "empfindsamer"
in Beethoven's highly emotive string quartet.
and Mozart never met, they knew of each other. Haydn actually counted
Beethoven among his pupils.
performance is the final concert of a tour that began at the Victoria
Bach Festival in Victoria, Texas. Admission is free, but donations
will be accepted. For more information, call (601) 544-7873.