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The Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra
Raul Munguia - Artistic Director & Conductor

2012-13 Season

Sunday, April 28th, 2013
~ 3:00 p.m. ~
First United Methodist Church
5th & Pine, Pittsburg

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"Music of Horatio Parker"
April 28th, 2013
Program Notes

Organ Concerto in E-flat minor, Op. 55

Horatio Parker (1863-1919)

Directed by Raúl Munguía

I. Allegro moderato - Andante
II. Allegretto, ma ben moderato
III. Allegro moderato, molto risoluto

Completed/Written In: 1902
First Performed: Boston Symphony Orch., Parker organist

Parker's Concerto for Organ and Orchestra was the result of an invitation from Wilhelm Gericke, the conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Parker composed the piece during a trip to Europe in the winter of 1901-1902, beginning it in Munich and completing it while in Paris. It is dedicated to George Robertson Sinclair, an English organist who conducted eight Three Choirs Festivals between the years of 1891 and 1912 (although not in 1899, the year of Hora Novissima, although he would have been conducting the year that Parker's A Wanderer's Psalm was performed). Parker performed the premiere in Boston on December 26, 1902, and this was followed soon after by a performance with the Chicago Orchestra. A highly dramatic work, it features robust interplay between the brass and organ, celestial sweetness introduced by the harp, and one of Parker's masterful fugues, leading the reviewer for The Musical Times to describe it as "so characteristic of Professor Parker's creative gifts," while William Kearns called it his "most important creative effort in instrumental music... worthy of a permanent place in the living repertory of American orchestral music."

- KP

Scored for: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, timpani, and strings. [2222-4222-tmp-str]

Susan Marchant, organ

Susan Marchant, organ

Susan Marchant earned her degrees in the area of organ performance. A native of Buffalo, New York, she received her undergraduate training at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, then earned MM, MMA, and DMA degrees at Yale University. She has been a member of the PSU faculty since 1979, and her teaching duties here have included the areas of applied organ and harpsichord as well as music theory and literature.

An active keyboard performer, she has been presented on a number of prominent recital series across the country and has performed at a national convention of the Organ Historical Society. In June, 1995, she was a featured artist at the Region VI convention of the American Guild of Organists, where she presented a performance of Bach's Clavierubung, Part III. She has also served as harpsichordist and co-director of the Early Music Consort of Kansas City, a period-instrument ensemble.

On the campus of Pittsburg State, she guided the project that resulted in the University's acquisition of the Fisk Opus 106 pipe organ, an instrument that has been widely praised for its excellence.

Dr. Marchant's interest in choral conducting was sparked by her extensive work with Daniel Moe at Oberlin. She has served as Director of Choral Activities at Pittsburg State since 1988. The PSU Choirs have been featured at several state conventions of the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA), most recently in February, 2002, and they also maintain an active schedule of on-campus performances and annual touring throughout the region. Biennial spring tours take the ensembles to various parts of the country. Among the recent highlights of such tours have been performances in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Louisville, Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Montreal, and various venues throughout Southern California.

Additionally, Dr. Marchant holds the position of director of music for Pittsburg's First United Methodist Church. This large congregation has earned a regional reputation for the quality of its music program. Its adult choir was chosen, through a national audition process, to perform at the 1992 General Conference of the United Methodist Church held in Louisville. Among this group's other activities was an English tour, a trip that included choral performances in Wesley's Chapel as well as Norwich Cathedral and Gloucester Cathedral, and organ recitals for Ms. Marchant in Southwark Cathedral and St. Botolph's, Aldgate.

An active member of a number of professional organizations, she has served on the State Boards of KMEA and KsACDA and is a past dean of both the Ozark and the Southeast Kansas Chapters of the AGO.

Dr. Marchant was honored with the 1999 and 1995 Outstanding Faculty Awards by the Student Government Association from the student nominees of faculty that demonstrate excellence in instruction and service to students on campus.

PSU Music Faculty bio

Hora Novissima, Op. 30

Horatio Parker (1863-1919)

Directed by Dr. Susan Marchant

  • Angela Shoup, soprano
  • Mary Jo Harper, alto
  • Josh Simpson, tenor
  • Jason Hubbard, bass

I. Introduction & Chorus - Hora Novissima
II. Quartet - Hic breve vivitur
III. Aria (bass) - Spe modo vivitur
IV. Chorus - Pars mea, Rex meus
V. Aria (soprano) - O bona patria
VI. Quartet & Chorus - Tu sine littore

VII. Aria (tenor) - Urbs Syon aurea
VIII. Double Chorus - Stant Syon atria
IX. Aria (alto) - Gens duce splendida
X. Chorus a Capella - Urbs Syon unica
XI. Quartet & Chorus - Urbs Syon inclyta

Written In: 1892
First Performed: May 3, 1893 - Church of the Holy Trinity, New York
Librettist: Latin: Bernard de Morlaix (14th cent.), English: Isabella Graham Parker (1839-1904)

The text of Hora Novissima is extracted from De Contemptu Mundi (On Contempt for the World) by Bernard de Cluny, a Benedictine monk who lived in the first half of the 12th century. Not surprisingly for someone who probably died around 1199, we know very little about him. One of the meager facts we do have is that he was a member of the Abbey of Cluny during Peter the Venerable's tenure as Abbot, who served in that capacity from 1122-1156. His parents may have been English; since he is also known as Bernard de Morlaix, which would make him a native of Brittany. We have a few sermons, his compilation of the Cluniac Reforms that were designed to purge the monastic life of its excesses and abuses, refocusing the brotherhood on tradition, worship, and care for the poor. However, it is his biting and vituperative De Contemptu Mundi, a massive poem consisting of about 3,000 verses, for which he is primarily known today. A scathing satire, it is a denunciation of moral decay, corruption within the Church, worldly evils such as wine, money, and fortune telling, the transgressions of monks, nuns, priests, bishops, Rome, women (especially women!), and sin, contrasted with rhapsodic verses extolling the bliss of a life lived in harmony with God and the spiritual joys of Heaven. Hora Novissima excerpts some of the gentler verses to create an oratorio that is more lyrical than grim. Parker turned to his mother for his translation of the Latin, and, astoundingly, she achieved a coherent poetic translation that maintains the rhyme scheme of the original, which almost beggars belief. Lovely solos and small ensembles complement grand choral fugues, a jubilant double chorus, and an exquisite choral a cappella gem, culminating in a final stately proclamation of triumph.

- KP

Scored for: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, organ, strings. With SATB soloi and chorus. [2222-4231-tmp-hp-org-str]

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