Beneath the Apple Tree
Winner of the 2006 Orpheus Music Composition Competition
For alto recorder & bass viola da gamba
Duration: 3 minutes
Now available on the CD Moto Perpetuo from Navona Records
[This] melodious idyll ... has distinct echoes of Aaron Copland.
— Howard Smith, Music & Vision, August 19, 2014
This is a fascinating disc, with a diverse group of pieces all of whom use the cello in different ways. Whilst the composers share a commonality in being basically tonal, they take different routes to the cello's expressiveness, though all are serious in intent. Marinescu's performances are on a high standard throughout, whether it be giving us a lovely singing line, rich dark tones or brilliant virtuoso passages. Highly recommended.
— Robert Hugill writing on Planet Hugill
Commissioned by Noreen Jacky for her husband Jon on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary, "Beneath the Apple Tree" is constructed from a quotation from Edvard Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, a musical memory from the Jackys' wedding.
Recorded by Kim Trolier, flute, and Ovidiu Marinescu, cello, Beneath the Apple Tree has been released by Navona Records on their CD titled Moto Perpetuo. The CD recording was made possible with generous support from 40 Kickstarter project backers.
Purchase Sheet Music
Sheet music for the flute & cello arrangement is available from Art of Sound Music.
Sheet music for the recorder & viola da gamba arrangement is available from Orpheus Music.
Sheet music for the flute & guitar arrangement is available from MusicaNeo.
Performance History - Recorder and viola da gamba
Premiered February 8, 2008, by Jon and Noreen Jacky, Seattle.
Performance History - Flute and guitar
Premiered on April 9, 2011, by Sarah Grant, flute, and Brittney Mulvey, guitar, at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Performance History - Flute and cello
Premiered July 29, 2012, by Pamela Sklar, flute, and Suzanne Mueller, cello, at the Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury, New York.
July 14, 2013, by Pamela Sklar and Suzanne Mueller at the Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury, New York.
October 3, 2013, Kim Trolier, flute, and Ovidiu Marinescu, cello, on the Madeline Wing Adler Concert Series, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
October 15, 2013, Kim Trolier and Ovidiu Marinescu at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York.
September 21, 2014, by Pamela Sklar and Suzanne Mueller at the Manhasset Public Library, Manhasset, New York.
January 28, 2017, by Drew Shipman and Jordan Anderson at the SJMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival, Bellingham, Washington.