May 21, 2000 Program
Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio G major, H. XV:25-IV. Finale "Gypsy
Antonín Dvorák: Quartet for piano, violin, viola,
and cello in E flat, Op. 87
-I. Allegro con fuoco
Stephen Hartke: The King of the Sun
-I. "Personages in the night guided
by the phosphorescent tracks of snails"
-II. "Dutch interior"
-III. "Dancer listening to the organ
in a Gothic cathedral"
-IV. "The Flames of the sun make
the desert flower hysterical"
-V. "Personages and birds rejoicing
at the arrival of night"
(photo by William Wegman)
Stephen Hartke, born July 6, 1952, in Orange, New Jersey, was raised
in Manhattan, where he began his musical career as a professional boy
soprano. As a member of the boys' choir of the Church of the Transfiguration,
he sang with the New York Pro Musica, the Metropolitan Opera, the New
York Philharmonic, and other organizations. Hartke began his compositional
studies in New York with Leonardo Balada at the United Nations International
School. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and
earned advanced degrees in composition at the University of Pennsylvania
and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
After working in music publishing on the East Coast and spending a
year in Brazil as visiting professor at the University of Sao Paulo
on a Fulbright Senior Scholars Fellowship, Hartke joined the music faculty
of the University of Southern California in 1987. He served four seasons
as composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and
in 1991 was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.
Hartke has also received an ASCAP Foundation grant, a Kennedy Center
Friedheim Award, a Louisville Orchestra Prize, an American Academy of
Arts and Letters Award, and many other honors.
Hartke's The King of the Sun was inspired by the titles of paintings
by the Spanish Surrealist Joan Miró, several of which can be
viewed on the Web:
-I. "Personages in the night guided by the phosphorescent tracks
-II. "Dutch interior"
-III. "Dancer listening to the organ in a Gothic cathedral"
-IV. "The Flames of the sun make the desert flower hysterical"
-V. "Personages and birds rejoicing at the arrival of night"