Concerto for Trumpet, Strings & Timpani
The Hay Wain
TRIPTYCH REVELATION, composer Sergio Cervetti’s seventh album with Navona, presents works from across four decades of his extensive career. Though a fair bit of time separates these pieces, the album’s three works all feature unique explorations of apocalyptic themes, inspired by themes drawn from the New Testament, nineteenth century French literature, and Flemish art of the sixteenth century.
Inspired by portentous images from the Book of Revelation, Concerto for Trumpet, Strings, and Timpani (1973) pays specific homage to the passage, “And the seventh angel sounded the trumpet” (XI:15). Cervetti created the work as a trumpet aria, with three sections that unfold in a faceted continuum. Opening with a foreboding and menacing trumpet solo, the piece launches into full swing with tumultuous interplay between the brass and timpani. The final section’s viola and celli parts recall the Voices of Heaven, joined later by timpani and trumpet for an apocalyptic crescendo and finale.
Written in memory of the composer’s sister, Piano Quintet “Toward the Abyss” (2015) is molded from Charles Baudelaire’s poem Le Voyage and contemplates mortality and the voyage toward the afterlife. The work’s post-minimalist tendencies exhibit a mature dexterity, using salient aesthetic means such as scattered 12-tone rows, minimalism, glimmers of melody, and the synthesis of suspense in tone and material. A meditative sequence of ascending piano and string lines conjures imagery of a flame extinguished and fused with eternity, with the smoke fading into eternal resplendence in the last movement’s quotation of J.S. Bach’s chorale Before thy Throne I Now Appear.
The Hay Wain (1987), an electroacoustic tone poem, was inspired by the medieval triptych of the same name by painter Hieronymus Bosch. Cervetti uses a virtual orchestra redolent of the painter’s brush to create colorful, grotesque responses to Bosch’s horrifying representations of the world and its ultimate fate. In traversing this narrative, the composer draws inspiration for four movements from the painting, evoking imagery such as angels as insects falling to earth like confetti; a wagon laden with hay drawn by semi-human, semi-animal monsters; a tower of human pride constructed by sinners; and lovers sitting and playing the lute in bliss, oblivious of the abyss towards which they are being driven.
Described as a composer of “emotionally dense” works by Sonograma, Uruguayan-born Sergio Cervetti has firmly established himself in the New Music scene, winning several prizes for his compositions and having them performed for international audiences.
Cervetti has previously released six solo albums through Navona Records, including TRANSITS (NV6001), UNBRIDLED (NV5958), WIND DEVIL & CO. (NV5930), KEYBOARD3 (NV5900), NAZCA AND OTHER WORKS (NV5872), and most recently SUNSET AT NOON (NV6072).
TRIPTYCH REVELATION gathers an eclectic collection of works from various points in Cervetti’s career, drawing influence from the New Testament, nineteenth century French literature, and Flemish art of the sixteenth century and threaded together by themes of the Apocalypse.
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review has praised Cervetti as "an individual modern American composer of character," a "melodist and colorist" with a penchant for “rhythmic vitality and harmonically modern sophistication.”
ALSO ON NAVONA RECORDS
SUNSET AT NOON (NV6072)
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Catalog #: NV6099
1 Concerto For Trumpet, Strings And Timpani (1973)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronsky, conductor
Ondřej Jurčeka, trumpet
Piano Quintet - Toward the Abyss (2015)
After Le Voyage from Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
Karolina Rojahn, piano; Omar Chen Guey, violin I; Rohan Gregory, violin II;
Peter Sulski, viola; Jacques Lee Wood, cello
2 I. Toward the abyss
3 II. Hell or Heaven, what does it matter?
4 III. To discover something new in the depths of the unknown
The Hay Wain, Virtual Orchestra (1987)
Four Movements after The Haywain by Hieronymus Bosch
Created, engineered, and performed by Sergio Cervetti
5 I. Fall of the Rebel Angels
6 II. The Lovers
7 III. Demons Construct the Tower
8 IV. The Procession
Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Timpani, In Memoriam Amadeo Guigou Malan, 1871-1951.
Piano Quintet-Toward the Abyss, In Memoriam Sofía Cervetti, 1935-2016.
Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Timpani was awarded Second Prize at the Primer Festival Latinoamericano de Música Contemporánea de la Ciudad Maracaibo in Venezuela in 1977.
The Hay Wain was originally released in 1987 on a Periodic Music CD, PE-1631. Equipment List for The Hay Wain: Yamaha DX-7, Yamaha FB-01, Ensoniq Mirage, Casio CZ-101, ARP Quadra, IBM PC running Personal Composer and Vision Software, Roland DEP Digital Processor, Alesis Midiverb, Yamaha DSP-1 Digital Processor.
The composer wishes to thank all the generous contributors who have supported his work and this project; to all the musicians, engineers, and the PARMA Team for their collaboration in producing this album; and to Ron Goldberg who originally produced The Hay Wain.
Sergio Cervetti’s work is available at The Arthur Friedheim Library and Archives at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.
Video documentation of Sergio Cervetti’s music and dance collaborations is archived at the New York Public Library’s Dance Collection/Dance Theater Workshop Permanent Archives, the BAM/Next Wave Video Archive for Contemporary Performing Arts, and the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute of Ohio State University.
Cover art detail of The Haywain by Hieronymus Bosch.
Photo of Sergio Cervetti by Pirjo-Leena Bauer.
All works © Sergio Cervetti Music.
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Engineer Manager Lucas Paquette
Art & Production Director Brett Picknell
Graphic Design Ryan Harrison
Marketing Scott Murphy
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