Joplin Treemonisha Overture arr. Artis Wodehouse

Published on Feb 4, 2013

Artis Wodehouse performs her arrangement of the Overture to Scott Joplin’s 1911 opera, Treemonisha. The scrolling score seen here is Joplin’s original notation. While written on two staves and performable on the piano, Joplin intended it as a template for a future orchestration that he apparently did not complete. In the tradition of the 19th C. piano transcription (by Franz Liszt and many others), Artis Wodehouse has arranged Joplin’s original score for pianistic playability, interpretive sweep and to suggest the sounds of a potential orchestral arrangement. Wodehouse’s piano solo Overture opens a set of 14 numbers chosen from the opera that she arranged for concert performance utilizing a compact group of only 3 musicians — soprano, baritone and keyboard.

“Treemonisha Suite” was premiered at Church of the Epiphany, NYC on 1/6/13 as part of a concert given by MELODEON. MELODEON is a chamber group founded by Artis Wodehouse for the performance of 19th and early 20th century American music. Wodehouse was joined by MELODEON members Soprano Marti Newland and baritone George Spitzer.

Videographer and sound recordist is Whitney Slaten.

The recording was made at AC Pianocraft in Queens NYC courtesy of Alex Kotsakis.

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Pianist and harmoniumist ARTIS WODEHOUSE has devoted her careeer to preserving and disseminating neglected but valuable music and instruments from the past, with an emphasis on American music. Cited by the NYTimes as “savior of the old and neglected”, she received a National Endowment grant that propelled her into production of CDs and published transcriptions of recorded performances and piano rolls made by George Gershwin, Jelly Roll Morton and Zez Confrey. Her best-seller, “Gershwin Plays Gershwin”, on the Nonesuch label has sold over 500,000 copies. Beginning in 2000, Wodehouse began performing on a representative group of antique reed organs and harmoniums, toy pianos and an 1823 English square piano and an 1860 Steinway square piano that she had painstakingly restored and brought to concert condition. She founded the chamber group MELODEON in 2010 to present little known but valuable music from 19th and early 20th Century America, using her antique instrument collection as the basis for repertoire choice. Wodehouse has a BM from the Manhattan School of Music, an MM from Yale, and a DMA from Stanford.
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