Music on the Hill "Peter McGuire, Anthony Ross, Timothy Lovelace"
Our second concert features three talented Minnesotan musicans - Peter McGuire, Anthony Ross, and Timothy Lovelace - performing works by Ravel and Tchaikovsky.
Duo for Violin and Cello was written by Maurice Ravel in 1922 and dedicated to colleague and fellow Impressionist composer, Claude Debussy. Ravel uses cyclical themes in this composition, using the opening violin line throughout all movements. Melodie from Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher is a piece written for violin and piano by the great Russian Composer Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was written in 1878 at the grand estate Brailivo in Ukraine, which was owned by Tchaikovsky's benefactor Nadezhda von Meck. Tchaikovsky described this movement as "chant sans paroles" which translates to "song without words". The concert concludes with more Tchaikovsky, with his Piano Trio in A Minor. This piece was written in Rome and completed in 1882. The trio is subtitled "in memory of a great artist" and is dedicated to Nikolai Rubenstein, his close friend and mentor who passed away the previous year. The Piano Trio in A Minor is arguably the most difficult piece Tchaikovsky wrote for piano and is well known for it's beautiful lyricism.
Peter McGuire is a native of Mankato and started his musical education at the Mankato Suzuki School. Peter is now the Principal Second Violin with the Minnesota Orchestra. Anthony Ross is Principal Cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra, a position he has held since 1991. Timothy Lovelace, a renowned pianist, is the head of the Collaborative Piano Department at the University of Minnesota.
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