FSU Student Caitlyn Rund to Perform Junior Alto Saxophone Recital
Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present a livestreamed alto saxophone recital, titled “Eating Elephants,” by junior Caitlyn Rund on Friday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. She will be accompanied by pianist Dr. Joseph Yungen. The recital is free to view online. The link will be posted at www.frostburg.edu/concerts.
Rund will perform “Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 19” by Paul Creston, “Improvisation 1” by Ryo Noda and “Tableaux de Provence” by Paule Maurice.
“Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007” is one of the six Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012, for unaccompanied cello that Bach most likely composed during 1717-23, when he served as Kapellmeister in Köthen. The prelude of this piece, mainly consisting of arpeggiated chords, is the best-known movement from the entire set of suites and is regularly heard on television and in films. The cello suites have been transcribed for numerous solo instruments, including the violin, mandolin, piano, classical guitar, recorder, flute, saxophone, clarinet and trumpet.
Creston, a self-taught Italian-American composer, wrote “Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 19” in 1939 and dedicated it to Cecil Leeson, a musician and teacher who is credited with establishing the saxophone as a legitimate concert instrument in the U.S.
Japanese-born Noda has been hailed for his forward-looking, avant-garde compositions and innovative playing techniques. “Improvisation 1” was published in 1974, at the height of his career. Exploiting extended techniques on the saxophone to their full potential, Noda provides a score with a written glossary. However, a significant amount of interpretation is left to the performer. “Improvisation 1” is based on shakuhachi (Japanese flute) playing.
“Tableaux de Provence” (“Pictures of Provence”) is a programmatic suite composed by Maurice between 1948 and 1955 for alto saxophone and orchestra, most often performed with piano accompaniment only. The movements describe the culture and scenery of Provence in southeast France.
Rund, who studies under Dr. Brent Weber at FSU, anticipates graduating in the spring of 2021 with a degree in music education and saxophone performance and a minor in psychology. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education and is a Marching Bobcat and Pi Lambda Phi Sweetheart. She has also been on the Dean’s List. After graduation, Rund plans to pursue a master’s in the art of teaching; her career goal is to make the world a more musical and joyful place, one student, one performance and one note at a time. A graduate of Elkton High School, she is the daughter of Shane and Michelle Rund of Terry, Md.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, musical performances before live audiences will not be held until conditions warrant. However, the Department of Music is planning a series of online presentations. Links will be posted at www.frostburg.edu/concerts. For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Friday, September 25 at 7:30pm to 8:30pmVirtual Event
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