Aaron Fennell’s Viola Recital Highlights
(Matthew) Aaron Fennell recently performed his senior viola recital. Aaron played pieces by several well-known composers including Beethoven, Debussy, and Vaughn Williams. Aaron’s hard work and dedication to his instrument showed in his recital. String faculty Miss Melody Steinbart wrote, “Aaron worked hard to prepare his recital. His poise throughout reflected well the investment into his performance.”
Aaron was accompanied by Charity (Talosig) Schmitz at the piano.
Photos from Aaron’s performance as well as highlights are available to view.
Beau Soir, Debussy
Beau Soir, or Beautiful Evening, is a classical art song inspired by the poem “Beau Soir” by Debussy’s fellow Frenchman, Paul Bourget. The music features a two-against-three pattern between the viola melody and piano accompaniment.
The text, loosely translated, reads,
“When at sunset the rivers are pink
And a warm breeze ripples the fields of wheat,
All things seem to advise content—
And rise toward the troubled heart;
Advise us to savor the gift of life,
While we are young and the evening fair,
For our life slips by, as that river does:
It to the sea – we to the tomb.”
A La Nanita Nana, Traditional Spanish, Arr. Kelley
The title of this Spanish carol is translated, “Let Us Sing a Lullaby.” It was written in the 19th century and is meant as a message to be sung to the Christ child. From a musical standpoint, this piece is unique in its tonality that switches back and forth from minor to major.
Aaron Fennell’s viola recital was prepared under the direction of Mr. Paul Hauer and is given in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education.