Clarinetist Einar Johannesson had arrived from Iceland days before the concert, while his playing partner, pianist Alessandra Pompili, was born in Rome but now lives in Manchester. Alessandra’s husband and young daughter were company guests.
The first music section featured an unjustly overlooked British composer, Thomas Pitfield, who died in 1999. He was also an engineer and professor of composition, as well as a calligrapher, carpenter, bookbinder and cabinetmaker.
The public heard his sonatina for clarinet and piano as well as two pieces for solo piano, Menuet and Solemn Pavan.
Better known are Robert Schumenn’s Three Romances of 1849 and his earlier solo piano work, “Aufschwung”, written in 1837.
Continuing our world tour, the next music was by prolific 20th century American composer Alan Hovhaness with four pieces of his music from Saturn for clarinet and piano, followed by two clarinet solos, “Lament” and the dance of “Couger Mountain “.
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Finally, we visited France with music by composer Paul Jeanjean, based on the Neapolitan folk tune “Carnaval de Venise”, described in President Tony Cooper’s program notes as “a dazzling spectacle with arpeggios and searing leaps “.
The final concert of the season will take place on March 23 when acclaimed guitarist Jacopo Lazzarelli will perform a virtuoso first half of solo pieces. In the second half, he will be joined by flautist Kerry Lynch.
The society meets in the amphitheater of Clitheroe Grammar School in York Street. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.