THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, July $, 1969
Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, July 8, 1969
An adequate English
By R. A. PERRY
Somehow you would not ex-
pect that one of the great
welders of music to words and
a man whose fits of depression
edged him to insanity, Hugo
Wolf, would have admired
the confectionary oratorios of
Haydn. Yet Wolf wrote of
Haydn's The Creation and The
Seasons, "What a devout, child-
like spirit speaks from Haydn's
muse! What naturalness, sim-
plicity, what perception and
sensitivity! What an abundance
of ingenious forms surround his
graceful tone picture!" In
these two works, Haydn's gift
for melody and fascinating in-
strumental t e x t u r e s indeed
raises the music above the ran-
dom idiocy of the libretto.
The Seasons was written to a.
poem by the English poet James
Quartet as usual'
By DOUGLAS GREER
The present Modern Jazz Quartet has been together for 14
years. John Lewis' concept of his group as a melodic-percussion en-
semble earned the MJQ a reputation as avant-garde jazz musicians
in the mid-fifties, and theit latest release does not reveal any
dramatic changes in style. The listener can dismiss any thoughts
concerning the influence of current sounds on the MJQ for they
have remained remarkable and perhaps regretfully true to Lewis'
original concept of the group. However, for the MJQ devotee, there
are some excellent performances by Milt Jackson, Heath, and Lewis.
All four tunes on the album are original compositions by John
Lewis. The title tune, "Under the Jasmin Tree", is an attractive
tune composed of a limited-pitch range in the minor mode. An
ostinato clapping rhythm punctuates the theme. The perform-
ance is almost entirely an ensemble effort.
The tune "Exposure" allows members of the group opportuni-
ties for individual expression. Individual contributions are always
contained within Lewis' understatement concept. The restraints
create some exciting moments when Jackson streches the outer
limits of the understatement concept.
"Exposure" is a ballad with some atonal learning. The lyricism
is punctuated by the ever-present rhythmic jabs of John Lewis.
Lewis' solo again reveals his penchant for single line and repeated
note ideas underscored slightly by a marvelous left hand. Dyna-
mics are generally excellent with the exception of some cymbal
crashes at the conclusion of the tune.
"The Blue Necklace" opens with some excellent bass, piano,
and drum ensemble sounds. Kay makes his greatest contribution
in this tune; however, the rhythmic ostinato grows tiresome.
"Three Little Feelings", is a three movement composition with
the first movement in a quasi-up-tempo-blues style. The second
movement is a delightful ballad, especially as it is interpreted by
Jackson and Heath demonstrates his extraordinary sensitivity in
accompanying ballads. Ensemble balance and precision is excellent.
Movement three opens with a characteristic sliding bass treat-
ment which is not helped by Kay's tom-tom contritions. John
Lewis adds some interesting quasi-Monk licks. This movement
is the happiest sound on the album and Heath's solo adds con-
siderably to the exuberance of the sound.
The MJQ enthusiast will find much of interest for him in
this album. However, those looking for any influences of con-
temporary sounds will be disappointed.
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Thomson, the tone of the libret-
to being mid-way between
James Lowell and Edgar Guest.
Three characters - farmer Lu-
cas, farmer Simon, and farmer's
daughter Jane (no dog Jip)-
comment in recitatives, solo
arias, duets, and trios on the
weather, on Nature's bounty, on
the Virtue of Hard Work, and,
of course, on God's overseeing
graciousness. This all no doubt
conjures up visions of Norman
Rockwell paintings, and in fact
the man who foisted the libretto
on Haydn, one Baron von
Swieten, seems to have been an
eighteenth - century E v e r e t t
Nevertheless, Haydn's music
is as Wolf describedn serenely
idyllic, unceremoniously joyful,
and, at times, convincingly dra-
matic. Instead of Rockwell's pic-
tures, we get musical Consta-
ble; instead of Dirksen's hypo-
critical rhetoric, we hear Words-
worth. One of the marvels of
Haydn's nature poetry is that it
never inflates itself to the pan-
theistic; rather the specific
touches of "nature sounds" that
Haydn focuses upon, in his Op.
33, No. 3 and Op. 50, No. 6
Quartets fill The Seasons as
well. Not only the flowing lyric-
ism but also the details of
Haydn's instrumentation hold
In addition, Haydn meets
those major dramatic events-
the passage of winter into
spring or the rage of summer
storms-with' a full-bodied Ro-
manticism that not only antici-
pates but equals Beethoven's
There have previously been
decent recorded performances
of The Seasons but Philips has
recently released the only Eng-
lish version now available (PHS
3-911). Maestro Colin Davis
brings his admirabletpenchant
for textural clarity to a scdre
that warrants it, and Heather
Harper, Ryland +Davies, and
John Shirly-Quirk all sing mel-
lifluously and with conviction.
At times, Davis is a bit too busi-
ness-like and one wants some of
the warmth (though it too often
smothered details) of the long
deleted Beecham set. The re-
corded sound is good, but hardly
exceptional. The singers diction
is fine enough that the full li-
bretto boxed in the set becomes
only occasionally needed for the
Speaking of Haydn, a few
local record stores are selling-
out the old Schneider Quartet
recordings on the now defunct,
but then esteemed, Haydn So-
ciety label. Although all the re-
cordings are in mono, you will
not find better performances.
The Schneider Quartet was
comprised of Alexander Sch-
neider from the Budapest, Isi-
dore Cohen of the Juilliard,
Karen Tuttle of the Galimir,
and Herman Busch of the Busch
--in other words, members of
the great quartets of our time.
They play with incredible preci-
sion, blended tonality, and musi-
If you are a fan of George
Szell and the Cleveland Orches-
tra's way with Mozart, then you
will be pleased to know that
Columbia has just released a
spendid "Posthorn" ' Serenade
with these forces (MS 7273).
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik serves
as a lengthy filler. Often I have
felt that Szell's complete con-
trol and demand for cleanliness
yielded more antiseptic perform-
ances than music which breath-
ed. Yet these present perform-
ances not only reveal every
grass note clearly but also are
invigorating and alive. I'll wager
you never heard the Romance
of K. 525 revealed in such a
Rackliam to offer
"All the things You could
be by now if Sigmund
Freud's wife were your
Painting and Sculpture
More than 40 Michigan cities
and towns will be represented in
the 17th annual Michigan Re-.
gional Art Exhibition, which
will go on display July 17 at
The invitational exhibition in
Rackham Galleries will include
more than 60 works by out-
standing state painters, many of
them award winners in local
and regional shows.
The artists and communities
represented are: Allen Park:
Karl Staber; Ann Arbor: Wil-
liam L. Brudon, Karin B o d y-
combe, Peter Dreyfuss, Elain
Kolasa; Bay City: Rita Greve
Donald Laser; Battle Creek:
Craig Bishop; Beulah: Thomas
Kneff; Bloomfield Hills: Eloise
Greene, Marilyn Spencer, Fern
Teit: Detroit: Marian Aston,
Frank Howell, Richard Kubin-
ski, Charles W. McGee, Harold
Neal, James Strickland, Walter
Dabrowski, Pat Kilbourn, Sid
Seeley; East Lansing: Margot-
Evans; Farmington: Gail Shu-
dark, Jean Burger; Grand Rap-
ids: Edgar Boeve; Grand Hav-
en: Robert Michmerhuizen;
Grosse Ile: Jean Teague Has-
call; Grosse Pointe Farms:
Charlotte Evans; GrossePointe
Shores: Lee McKinley; I d a
Jean Wetzler; Kalamazoo: Allen
Lant; Lansing: Carl Matsuda,
Marilyn Raymond; Linden:
Frederic Myers; Metamora:
Daniel Cote; Mt. Clemens:
Gloria Goeddeke, Ron Faher:
Mt.' Pleasant: L. D. Butcher;
Niles: June Cary; North Muske-
gon: Ginger Rude; Okemos:
Angelo Ippolito; Onstead: Tom
Thiery; Orchard Lake: Irene
Foukes; Pontiac: Mary Fink,
Vista Scott, Marion MacKay;
Port Huron: Evelyn Sullivan;
Richmond: August Gloss;
Romeo: Velma Sadja; Roseville:
Dolores Wise:; Royal Oeak : Lor-
raine McCarty; Saginaw: Kathy
Mitchel ; St. Clair Shores: Helen
Cartmell, Joseph Maniscalco;
Southfield: Alexandra Beaure-
gard-Bezou; South Haven: John.
Keary, Fran Laresen; Trenton:
Yoko Moro Keneko; T r o y:
Richard Royal; Union Lake:
Leon Haskin; Warren: Lewis
King; Wayne: Jane Dart;
Wyandotte: Eileen Anderson.
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