January 25, 2022

What Makes a Christmas Concerto a Christmas Concerto?

KUSCs Alan Chapman has a lot to state about music, however can he say it in 60 seconds? Thats the Chapman Challenge. We ask a concern and Alan has a minute to answer it.

Todays concern is from Angela in Westminster who would like to know “What makes a Christmas concerto a Christmas concerto?”

A Christmas concerto is an unique type of concerto grosso, the “grand concerto” of the Baroque period. A concerto grosso combines a small group of musicians with a larger accompanying orchestra. These groups can play separately or together.

And heres the Pastorale from what is probably the most popular Christmas Concerto, the one by Arcangelo Corelli.

This is the Pastorale from Francesco Manfredinis Christmas Concerto.

The necessary active ingredient of a Christmas concerto is a Pastorale, a gentle pastoral motion that represents the shepherds who watched their flocks.

Thats todays Chapman Challenge. Is there a concern you d like to have answered in 60 seconds? Send it to us at [e-mail protected]

Whichs what makes a Christmas Concerto a Christmas Concerto.

Struck play below to listen to todays Chapman Challenge. https://media.kusc.org/audio/2019/11/20191122-AA-Chapman-Challenge.mp3 Well, thank you for a seasonally appropriate and intriguing question.

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After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he made a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. He is presently a member of the music theory professors of the Colburn Conservatory. He was a long time member of the music professors at Occidental College and has also been a going to professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. His analytical work has actually appeared in the Journal of Music Theory and in The New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill, winner of the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in composing on music.

Alan is likewise active as a composer/lyricist. His songs have been carried out and recorded by lots of artists around the globe and have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His childrens opera Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle was commissioned by LA Opera for its 1997-98 season. Alan regularly appears in cabaret evenings with his spouse, soprano Karen Benjamin. They made their Carnegie Hall launching in 2000 and carried out at Lincoln Center in 2006. Their current CD, Que Será, Será: The Songs of Livingston and Evans, includes the late Ray Evans telling the stories behind such cherished tunes as “Mona Lisa” and “Silver Bells.”

Alan Chapman, in addition to his weekday morning program, is likewise the host and producer of two weekend programs: Modern Times and A Musical Offering.

A Christmas concerto is an unique type of concerto grosso, the “grand concerto” of the Baroque duration. Well understood as a pre-concert lecturer, Alan has actually been a regular speaker on the L.A. Philharmonics “Upbeat Live” series since its creation in 1984. Alan is likewise active as a composer/lyricist.

Alan Chapman

KUSCs Alan Chapman has a lot to say about music, but can he state it in 60 seconds? We ask a concern and Alan has a minute to answer it.

Well understood as a pre-concert speaker, Alan has actually been a regular speaker on the L.A. Philharmonics “Upbeat Live” series because its beginning in 1984. He likewise works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony.