Georg Christoph Wagenseil spent his life in Vienna, where he was trained as a keyboard player and composer, and worked as a court composer for nearly forty years, including in the court of the Empress Maria Theresa. His keyboard music was performed by amateurs and professionals alike during his lifetime, and he also composed church music (masses and motets), dramatic music (oratorios and operas), and much instrumental music ranging from trios to symphonies. His compositional style evolved from a solemn, intricate, contrapuntal approach in the first half of his career to a light, elegant, melody-based approach in the later decades; he thus served as an important link between the Baroque era and the gallant style of the early Classical era. This Allegro is the first movement of a Divertimento which was originally for violin, viola, and keyboard instrument. It has a light-hearted spirit with bright, lively writing for the piano, and would be a nice addition to a recital program when a brief (5’20”), cheerful, early-Classical piece is called for. This arrangement is very suitable for students, especially when the horn player takes the option to play the highest passages down an octave.
Hornist Cynthia Carr is on the faculty of the University of Delaware, and performs regularly in Philadelphia as a member of the Opera Company orchestra and as a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the Delaware Symphony, and was the recipient of the 1996 Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Ms. Carr has been an invited recitalist and lecturer at many regional and national conferences, including the 1999 MTNA National Convention and International Horn Workshop. A proponent of new music, she has commissioned and premiered two works for oboe, horn and piano trio and, in 1996, released the CD Images: Music for Horn and Piano by Women Composers. Ms. Carr also performs with the Chestnut Brass Company on their Grammy-award-winning CD Hornsmoke. She is the International Horn Society’s area representative for Delaware, and serves on the Advisory Board of the American Horn Competition. Ms. Carr holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University, and also completed a year of study with Frøydis Ree Wekre in Oslo, Norway as an ITT International Fellow.
Since its inception in 1991, Trio Arundel has performed at regional and national conferences, on university campuses and in recitals and performing arts series throughout the United States. The members of the ensemble—Timothy Clinch, oboe; Cynthia Carr, horn; and Julie Nishimura, piano—strive to enrich the repertoire for this unusual instrumental combination through transcriptions and commissioning projects, as well as researching and performing lesser-known original repertoire.