Chamber Music Calms Audience

By Danielle Mohlman

No words were spoken, the music spoke for itself.

Faculty from Cal Poly’s music department performed classical
pieces at a noon-hour Chamber Music Concert on Thursday.

Linda Silva played the clarinet, Audrey Lamprey played the
French horn and Janet Noll played the piano.

The music professors performed an hour of chamber music to an
audience of mostly students. They were joined by special guest
Susan Cave, a soprano singer.

Chamber music is a type of classical music that is written for a
small amount of musicians.

The pieces performed at the concert were written for two to
three musicians.

Silva and Lamprey each played music specific to her instrument
and were joined by a piano accompaniment by Noll.

Five pieces were performed, allowing the musicians to perform a
variety of styles of music, from slow nocturnes requiring fluency
of notes to faster pieces involving attention to accuracy.

Cave was featured in Franz Schubert’s “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen,
Op. 129” from “The Shepherd on the Rock.”

Two movements were performed from this German chamber music
piece written for soprano, clarinet and piano: Andantino and

A “call and response” style of music was demonstrated between
the soprano voice and the clarinet in this piece. Cave would sing a
phrase, and Silva would echo it on clarinet.

Silva also performed William Hurlstone’s “Three Characteristic
Pieces: Ballade, Intermezzo, and Scherzo.”

In this piece, Silva demonstrated a full and rich sound on all
of the notes in the clarinet’s range. The music of the clarinet and
Noll’s piano complemented each other.

Lamprey opened the concert with Franz Danzi’s “Sonata in E flat
major, Opus 28.” This piece demonstrated her versatility by
showcasing one slow movement and one quick movement. The piano
accompaniment by Noll blended in harmony with the notes of the
French horn.

Lamprey also performed two other pieces: Reinhold Gliere’s
“Nocturne, Opus 35, No. 10” and Louis Piantoni’s “Air de Chasse.”
Both pieces showcased the resonance of the French horn’s sound.

The students in the audience seemed to enjoy the concert. Bryan
Nakawaki, a third-year English literature student, said the concert
was peaceful and calming.

“It was a really entertaining show,” said Nakawaki. “It was a
welcome break from the stress of midterms.”

The concert ended with applause from the students in the
audience as they made their way to their afternoon classes.

Danielle Mohlman can be reached by e-mail at or by phone (909) 869-3744.

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