for Cor Anglais and Viola op. 62b (1977)|
Introduction and Marsch
performance: October 23, 1977 / Bremen, Schloss Schönebeck
Hollerbuhl / Eva Hollerbuhl
Schott Music ED 20291 / ISMN: M-001-14996-9
In 1981, the
Schubertverlag in Hamburg published the Divertimento for Bassoon
and Violoncello, op. 62c, written by Bertold Hummel in 1977. This was based
on a composition for Cor Anglais and Viola (written, incidentally,
as a musical wedding present for two of his musical friends), re-worked by the
composer for the instruments named above.
Since there is so far regrettably
little repertoire for these two instruments, this composition with its musical
quality will certainly prove an enrichment. This charming chamber work of medium
difficulty provides music for pleasure; its starting point lies not in any compositional
theory but comes rather from composing instrumentalist writing for the instruments
in question and their individual characteristics, resulting in a piece highly
suitable for instrumental teaching in chamber music.
Starting with pregnant
short motifs, worked by the composer into four strongly contrasting movements
- in quasi-Serenade style, the work does not, despite the basically tonally free
style, do without tonal formulas and phrases. The musical language of Hummel is
audibly related to that of Genzmer or Hindemith; the four movements are a song-like
Prologue, an whirring Intermezzo providing lively
music-making, a charming Waltz, slightly carried away with itself,
an expressive Introduction and an energetic March.
The composer Hummel has been President of the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg
since 1979. Within the broad spectrum of his creative work, this composition demonstrates
the stylistic flexibility of the composer. This Divertimento has, by the way,
been recorded by the bassoonist Eberhard Buschrnann and Bertold Hummel (Cello)
for Bavarian Radio.
Nachrichten, October, 1977
In the Divertimento for Bassoon and Violoncello, Eva and
Jürgen Hollerbuhl showed that they are in no way at home only with Baroque
or Classical, but also with Modern. The Divertimento in question was composed
by Bertold Hummel especially for them. Amusing was the result of the indeed carefully
prepared but time and again teasingly conceived closing formulas, which declared
the whole movement to be a question, a statement, a matter for argument or a joke.