English Chamber Music and New Poetry by Carlos Pintado

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(MIAMI BEACH) – South Beach Chamber Ensemble (SBCE) performs its last concerts of the season featuring early 20th century English composers and our continuing collaboration with award-winning Cuban poet Carlos Pintado. Mr. Pintado was inspired by Edward Elgar’s String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 to create a new fusion of poetry and music. Elgar (1856-1934) had been trying to write a quartet that pleased him since he was twenty-one. It was not until the end of the Great War (WWI), when he was in his sixties, that he felt able to turn to chamber music with any confidence. The end of the war and his own advancing age required a response that was both confidential and autumnal. The string quartet is an intense romantic dialogue in three movements. 

Gustav Holst (1874-1936), best known for his orchestral work The Planets, wrote St. Paul Suite when he was Director of Music at the St. Paul Girl’s School, London. The popular suite is a staple of music students everywhere. Holst's music is well known for unconventional use of meter and haunting melodies. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was a composer, conductor, violist and pianist. His many awards include three Grammy Awards. A Simple Symphony was written in 1934. For many musicians Britten's technique, broad musical and human sympathies and ability to treat the most traditional of musical forms with freshness and originality place him at the head of composers of his generation. 
 
Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958) discovered English folk songs in 1904, which were fast becoming extinct owing to the increase of literacy and printed music in rural areas. He traveled the countryside, transcribing and preserving many himself. Later he incorporated some songs and melodies into his own music, being fascinated by the beauty of the music and its anonymous history in the working lives of ordinary people. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis was composed in 1910 for the Three Choirs Festival, and was one of the first major successes for Vaughan Williams. The work takes its name from the original composer of the melody, Thomas Tallis (1505-1585).     
 
“Music In Beautiful Spaces” is underwritten by grants from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Additional support is received from the City of Miami Beach, Mayor and City Commissioners, Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Barry University and Whole Foods. 
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