Hungarian Pianist and composer Béla Bartók was born on at the present time in 1881.
To honor this musical big, The Knights carry out right here Bartók’s Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 57.
The work is a set of conventional Christmas songs from Romanian villages, habitually sung by small teams of youngsters and tailored for the piano in 1915 by Bartók.
Led by conductor Eric Jacobsen, this orchestrated model was organized by Michael P. Atkinson, a Knights member.
“My authentic plan for the longer observe was to write down a characterful model of The Twelve Days of Christmas in a method much like what Charles Ives had completed with Variations on America,” Atkinson stated. “Not too lengthy after that plan was made, the YouTube algorithm offered me with an absolute gem of labor that I had not heard earlier than and didn’t know existed — Bartók’s Romanian Christmas Carols for solo piano!”
When he got down to orchestrate the piece, he channeled his adolescent ardour for Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, which at age 13, was the one piece of music he listened to with a rating for 3 months.
“That imprint, together with a subsequent revisiting of his small ensemble oeuvre guided my course of, and I’m assured within the authenticity of the outcome,” he concluded.
The Knights developed from late-night chamber music studying events with buddies on the dwelling of violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen. The Jacobsen brothers — who’re additionally founding members of the Brooklyn Rider string quartet — function creative administrators of The Knights.
Incorporating in 2007, the orchestra is versatile in dimension and repertory and has toured constantly throughout the USA and Europe.