Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Copland – Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Aaron Copland   (b Brooklyn, NY, 14 Nov 1900; dNorth Tarrytown, NY, 2 Dec 1990) Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo I. Buckaroo Holiday II. Corral Nocturne III. Saturday Night Waltz IV. Hoe-Down From a certain perspective, it seems ironic that Aaron Copland, a boy from Brooklyn, whose parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, that studied music primarily in Paris and […]

Copland – Appalachian Spring

Aaron Copland   (b Brooklyn, NY, 14 Nov 1900; d North Tarrytown, NY, 2 Dec 1990) Appalachian Spring For many, Appalachian Spring has come to represent the “sound of Appalachia” – that ancient chain of low mountains marching up the eastern seaboard, with their dense wilderness, granting views that gently span the horizon through a myriad of […]

Copland – An Outdoor Overture

Aaron Copland (1900-1990) An Outdoor Overture   Aaron Copland, surelyAmerica’s most articulate composer, was for several decades the dean of American art music.  Besides penning his beloved compositions, he lectured broadly and often, championed new composers (especially of Mexico), and led the public discussion about bringing music to the greater populace.  Notwithstanding his critics’ assertion that […]

Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-Minor, Op. 21

Frédéric Chopin   (Born near Warsaw, Poland, on March 1, 1810; died in Paris, on October 17, 1849) Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-Minor, Op. 21   Fryderyk (he preferred the French spelling we recognize) Franciszek Chopin was born nearWarsawin 1810. By the age of 6 he was mastering the piano on his own. His talents […]

Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-minor, Op. 11 B53

Frédéric Chopin   (b near Warsaw, Poland, on March 1, 1810; d in Paris, on October 17, 1849) Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-minor, Op. 11 B53 I. Allegro maestoso II. Romance – Larghetto III. Rondo – Vivace   Chopin composed this Concerto inWarsawin 1830 at the age of 20.  Though it was published as his […]

Chopin – 1846 daguerreotype

Cherubini – Overture to Les Deux Journées (The Water Carrier)

Luigi Cherubini   (1740-1842) Overture to Les Deux Journées (The Water Carrier)   In the first decade of the 1800’s, Europe and the Western world of music were immersed in an extraordinary production of great classical music. At this time, Italian composer Maria Luigi Carlo Zenobio Salvatore Cherubini (1740-1842) was in Paris struggling to gain a position […]

Chabrier – España

Emmanuel Chabrier (b Ambert, France, January 18, 1841; d Paris, September 13, 1894) España   When one considers that Chabrier only truly began to compose at the age of 40, after finally leaving a State legal clerk’s position, and his lack of any substantial formal musical study, the works that he created in 13 short years […]

Canteloube – Chants d’Auvergne, excerpts from Books 1 & 2

Joseph Canteloube   (b Annonay, France, October 21, 1879; d Paris, November 4, 1957) Chants d’Auvergne, excerpts from Books 1 & 2 Love affairs with folk music go back long before Marie-Joseph Canteloube (de Malaret) began his five volumes of folk songs, Chants d’Auvergne, from 1923 through 1954.  Although folksongs for the concert hall had been created by many […]