faculty recital august 27, 2021

August 27, 2021

Faculty Recital, Kansas State University

7:30pm, All Faiths Chapel

Manhattan, KS

Dr. Colleen White, flute

Amanda Arrington, piano

Aria, Op. 48 No. 1 (1958)

Ernst von Dohnányi (1877-1960)

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1931)

Rosy Wertheim (1888-1949)

       I. Allegro con brio

       II. Andante non troppo lento

       III. Allegro con moto

 

Sonatina for flute and piano (1948)

Eldin Burton (1913-1981)

       I. Allegretto grazioso

       II. Andantino Sognando

       III. Allegro giocoso

Program Notes

Ernst von Dohnányi (1877-1960)

Hungarian musician Dohnányi earned recognition as a touring pianist, a composer, and a conductor who championed Hungarian music. From 1905-1915, he taught at the Hochschule in Berlin before being appointed Director of the Budapest Academy. He was removed from the position mere months later for refusing to fire composer Zoltán Kodály for his political views. Although he was reappointed in 1934, he resigned after several years rather than acquiesce to anti-Jewish legislation. As Director of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, he disbanded the ensemble rather than exclude Jewish members. Several sources credit him with saving hundreds of Jewish musicians during the Holocaust through various endeavors. Following the war, Dohnányi moved to the United States and taught at Florida State University until his death.

Rosy Wertheim (1888-1949)

Wertheim began piano lessons in Neuilly, France and became one of the first women to receive a music diploma from the Netherlands Society of Music in Amsterdam. Throughout the 1920's, she taught piano and music theory at the Amsterdam Music Lyceum. In 1929, she moved to Paris, where French music influenced her composition style. While in France, she hosted musical salons attended by Messiaen, Jolivet, Ibert, and Honegger, among others. By 1935, Wertheim moved to Vienna to study composition, and a year later she moved to New York to promote her work. During this time, her compositions were being performed regularly, and she served as a correspondent for Dutch newspapers. She returned to Amsterdam shortly before the Nazi occupation, hosted house concerts featuring Jewish composers, and hid Jewish families in her basement. By 1942, she had refused to register with the Kultuurkamer (a German regulatory agency) and went into hiding in the countryside. Wertheim died only a few years after WWII ended, leaving many of her compositions unpublished. 

Eldin Burton (1913-1981)

Burton, an American composer and pianist, began his studies in Georgia. After performing as a pianist in Atlanta, he studied at Juilliard. He made is Carnegie Hall debut in 1949. His Sonatina for Flute and Piano is his best-known work, and was the prize-winning composition in the New York Flute Club's Composition Contest in 1948. Following this, Burton primarily worked in publishing for G. Schirmer.

Performers

Dr. Colleen White, flute

Amanda Arrington, piano