BYU-IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Dr. Robert Tueller, Director
Igor Stravinsky 1882 - 1971
Featuring BYU-Idaho Music Faculty
Dr. Matthew Moore, Tuba
JUNE 30, 2016, 7:30 PM
BARRUS CONCERT HALL
In 1893, impoverished and unknown Edward Elgar composed his Serenade for
Strings at age 35 – still several years before Pomp and Circumstance and Enigma
Variations would make him England’s foremost composer and a household name.
With several compositions already rejected by England’s major publisher Novello,
Elgar scraped a living playing violin (and several other instruments) while taking
conducting jobs whenever possible. The Serenade was first “tried out” on the Ladies'
Orchestral Class at Worcester.
The compact, three movement Serenade is among the first compositions to
demonstrate Elgar’s maturing and distinct voice. Listen to the tender melancholy of
the outside movements (both sharing the same melody) and the beautiful arching
melodies and stirring harmonies of the middle movement – a melodic gift that would
ultimately find its place in profound works such as Nimrod from Enigma Variations.
Emmy award winner and Academy Award nominee Bruce Broughton is best known
for his many film and television scores including Disney’s The Rescuers Down
Under, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, and its sequel, Lost in San
Francisco, and popular westerns such as Silverado and Tombstone. A graduate of the
University of Southern California, he has taught at both USC and UCLA.
The Concerto for Tuba combines an accessible, melodic style with colorful
orchestration, and brilliant, modern harmonies. It demands a wide variety of
performing techniques from the soloist including a large range, expressive phrasing
and brilliant, light agility.
Igor Stravinsky, known for his large, colorful ballet scores, such as The Firebird and
The Rite of Spring, often turned to music from the Baroque and Classical eras for
inspiration. This style of composition became known as Neoclassicism because it
interspersed elements from the 18th century. Danses Concertantes finds its inspiration
in the Brandenburg concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach, using the colorful textures of
the Baroque Concerto Grosso -- alternating groups of solo instruments with the
accompaniment of the entire ensemble. Following an introduction, the piece moves
through a series of uninterrupted movements or classical ballet inspired scenes.
In addition to early music, Stravinsky was also influenced by American music
(particularly ragtime and jazz). This is heard in the theme and variation movement
where the listener suddenly encounters tango, ragtime, jazz, and finally a boisterous
Dr. Robert Tueller
Serenade for Strings, Op. 20 .............................................. Edward Elgar
I. Allegro piacevole 1857 – 1934
Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra ................................ Bruce Broughton
I. Allegro moderato 1945 –
II. Aria: Andante moderato
III. Allegro leggiero
Dr. Matthew Moore, tuba
Danses Concertantes for Chamber Orchestra ................. Igor Stravinsky
I. Marche Introduction 1882 – 1971
II. Pas d’Action
III. Thème varié
IV. Pas de Deux
V. Marche Conclusion
Dr. Robert Tueller, Director
Nadine Luke, Woodwind Specialist
Dr. Matthew Moore, Brass Specialist
Joseph van Duren
Matt Moore spent most of his growing up years in the small town of
Gypsum, Colorado. He attended Weber State University and the
University of Utah where he studied tuba with Mark Robinette, Lee
Hipp, and Gary Ofenloch. After teaching public school in Utah for
three years, Matt joined the faculty at BYU-Idaho in 2007. From 2012-
2014 Matt took a leave of absence to pursue a DMA at the Peabody
Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD where he studied tuba with
David Fedderly. As a performer, Matt has played in every setting
imaginable for the tuba. Highlights include performing with the Utah
Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, The South Florida Symphony, The
Orchestra at Temple Square, and numerous brass quintets, pick-up
orchestras, and polka bands. Matt is also married and has four children.
When not practicing, he enjoys spending time in his garden or with his
family on their dune buggy.