ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The ensemble NM430 will play a bit of Mozart and a lot of Luigi Gatti in the June 22 Chatter Sunday concert.
Three members of the quartet – the violinist, violist and cellist – will perform two movements of Mozart’s Divertimento in E flat and all four musicians will play Gatti’s Oboe Quartet in C major.
Gatti was a composer who lived in the Classical Period but he doesn’t come close to the stature of Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven.
Stephen Redfield, NM430’s violinist, said in a phone interview that Gatti was among composers whose music for amateur musicians “is simple, beautiful and forgettable. (Their music) was not meant to be profound, but meant to be tuneful and unchallenging.”
Redfield said many string players consider Mozart’s Divertimento one of his greatest chamber works and the complete piece lasts about 50 minutes.
“It’s a six-movement work. … It’s a long-term project of NM430 to learn this piece. We’re doing it bit by bit. The last time together we played the Variations Movement and this time two other movements,” Redfield said.
“Each movement is such a technical challenge and musical challenge. It’s so profoundly compacted and interesting and deeply inspired so that it really pays to break it down in parts and go at them separately.”
NM430’s name is derived from the pitch of the note A, which sounded at 430 Hz for various Classical Period instruments. That’s one-quarter step up from the pitch of the Baroque Period – A-415 – and one-quarter below the Modern Period pitch of A-440.
Wind instruments, including the oboe, are not adjustable to pitch because their bore is precisely calibrated to a specific pitch, Redfield said.
The other ensemble members are violist Gail Robertson, cellist Katie Rietman and oboist MaryAnn Shore. Shore is a founding member of Albuquerque Baroque Players.
The ensemble’s musicians play on period instruments.
“We try to recreate a more accurate version of Classical Period music that matches the technology of the instruments and matches the pitch that Mozart, or Gatti or (Georg) Druschetzky might have heard,” said
Redfield is the longtime concertmaster of Santa Fe Pro Musica.
The Mozart and the Gatti – plus Druschetzky’s Oboe Quartet in G minor – are joined on three other concert programs that NM430 will play next weekend.
Those concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, at San Miguel Chapel, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe; at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Johnsons of Madrid Galleries, Madrid; and at 2 p.m. June 22 at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University NE. Admission for each of those concerts is a suggested $15 donation.