Baylor to Present Mozart's 'Gran Partita' Sept. 30

Sept. 25, 1997

by Richard Veit

Faculty and students in the Baylor University School of Music will present a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's largest instrumental work, the "Gran Partita," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Roxy Grove Hall.

The performance is the School of Music's Opening Convocation for the 1997-98 academic year.

The Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, or commonly known as "Gran Partita," was written by Mozart in 1781, when the composer was 25. It is scored for 13 instruments and contains seven movements.

Stanley Sadie, editor of the "New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians," had this to say about this monumental chamber work: "For enterprise in the handling of instrumental color, the "Gran Partita" stands supreme. By using thematic material of a dialogue character, or involving contrasts between the tutti and smaller groups, Mozart allowed the maximum scope for varied instrumental combinations. And the inclusion of a variation movement, and of two trios to each of the minuets, provided yet more opportunities for kaleidoscopic writing."

The Baylor University performance will feature five members of the music faculty: Doris DeLoach, professor of oboe; Richard Shanley, professor of clarinet; Kenton Moore, assistant professor of bassoon; Margaret Robinson, assistant professor of horn; and Christopher Buddo, assistant professor of double bass.

The student performers will be Gary West, oboe; Jun Qian, clarinet; Elizandro García-Montoya and Jonathan Guist, basset horns; Jennifer Kress, bassoon; and Eric Overholt, Janet Boyce, and Rebecca Patterson, horns.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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