Premiere of Prof. James Beckel's Composition "A Concert to Remember," Raves NUVO

Premiere of Prof. James Beckel's Composition "A Concert to Remember," Raves NUVO

September 22, 2004

September 22, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Fantasy after Schubert -- a composition by James Beckel, principal trombonist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and adjunct professor of trombone and euphonium in the DePauw University School of Music -- was premiered by the ISO Saturday. NUVO's Tom Aldridge writes, "unlike most music premieres, this one deserves noteworthiness. Beckel incorporates themes from Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, plus a prominent one from the composer’s “Great” C Major Symphony (in C major yet), into a most engaging display of contemporary sonic splendor. His employment of the 12-tone row as rapid filigree overlaying a basically tonal (F major) idiom makes the best use of that generally unloved serialist device that I’ve heard to date. Beckel’s 10-minute Fantasy deserves to join the new-music repertoire and stay there."

Nuvo IndyAldridge concludes, "This was a concert to remember." 

Access his review at the newsweekly's Web site by clicking here. Read more in this previous story.

Source: NUVO

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