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Colors of Music, Chamber Music Concert
Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

Featured Composer: Robert Muczinski, Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 43, featuring Chelsea Howell and Pei Ying Li Vedhad Haghi.

Robert Muczynski was born in Chicago and took an early interest in his grandmother’s player piano because of the speed that it could play. He ended up studying both piano and composition at DePaul University in 1947, studying piano with Walter Knupfer who was a student of Franz Liszt and composition with Alexandre Tcherepnin. 
 
Muczynski went on to teach and compose at the University of Arizona at a time when avant-garde music was prevalent from 1965 to 1988. Because Muczynski’s methods did not adhere to the main principles of avant-garde aesthetics and techniques, he was considered a traditionalist, but it doesn’t capture the unique color and flavor of Muczynski’s style. Muczynski prized compositional prowess, conviction, passion, and positivity in his music. Ultimately, he avoided pure intellectualism in favor of making aesthetic decisions intuitively in the moment of his creative process. When asked why he didn’t take a more experimental approach with his methods he responded, “I just didn’t want to write with my elbows!” 
 
Muczynski describes the composition as a “suite of four contrasting pieces, each highlighting some specific characteristic of the clarinet in terms of range, technical prowess, color, and expressiveness…” Muczynski presents themes that differ in tempo and time signature throughout the work with widely contrasting styles that vary between lyricism and percussiveness. The form of the third movement is ternary, opening and closing with a graceful, dance-like theme that diverges from the more jagged rhythms of the 6/8 theme in the middle. The first movement provides some lilting moments but mostly does not let up its forceful accents and virtuosity until it relentlessly and aggressively advances to the finish. 

Tickets available online or at the door https://bit.ly/3wul5IQ 
Please feel free to call the ticket hotline for more info: (951) 587-1536.
Colors of Music, Chamber Music Concert Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Featured Composer: Robert Muczinski, Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 43, featuring Chelsea Howell and Pei Ying Li Vedhad Haghi. Robert Muczynski was born in Chicago and took an early interest in his grandmother’s player piano because of the speed that it could play. He ended up studying both piano and composition at DePaul University in 1947, studying piano with Walter Knupfer who was a student of Franz Liszt and composition with Alexandre Tcherepnin. Muczynski went on to teach and compose at the University of Arizona at a time when avant-garde music was prevalent from 1965 to 1988. Because Muczynski’s methods did not adhere to the main principles of avant-garde aesthetics and techniques, he was considered a traditionalist, but it doesn’t capture the unique color and flavor of Muczynski’s style. Muczynski prized compositional prowess, conviction, passion, and positivity in his music. Ultimately, he avoided pure intellectualism in favor of making aesthetic decisions intuitively in the moment of his creative process. When asked why he didn’t take a more experimental approach with his methods he responded, “I just didn’t want to write with my elbows!” Muczynski describes the composition as a “suite of four contrasting pieces, each highlighting some specific characteristic of the clarinet in terms of range, technical prowess, color, and expressiveness…” Muczynski presents themes that differ in tempo and time signature throughout the work with widely contrasting styles that vary between lyricism and percussiveness. The form of the third movement is ternary, opening and closing with a graceful, dance-like theme that diverges from the more jagged rhythms of the 6/8 theme in the middle. The first movement provides some lilting moments but mostly does not let up its forceful accents and virtuosity until it relentlessly and aggressively advances to the finish. Tickets available online or at the door https://bit.ly/3wul5IQ Please feel free to call the ticket hotline for more info: (951) 587-1536.