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Light: Classic Favorites for Violin & Piano

by Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum

This gentle, uplifting mix of highly requested short repertoire includes both famous melodies and charming dance movements. This long-time duo is happy to share these 12 'nuggets from their musical vault' with you!
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arioso from Cantata No. 156
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
3:45 $0.99
2. Passe Pied
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
1:58 $0.99
3. Ave Maria
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
2:55 $0.99
4. Schon Rosmarin
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
2:19 $0.99
5. Meditation From "Thais"
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
4:56 $0.99
6. La Cinquantaine
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
1:34 $0.99
7. Ave Maria D. 839
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
4:17 $0.99
8. Madrigale
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2:12 $0.99
9. Adoration
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
5:11 $0.99
10. Je te veux
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
2:10 $0.99
11. On Wings of Song
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
1:59 $0.99
12. Children's Prayer From "Hansel & Gretel"
Roberta Carpenter & Sharon Goodrum
1:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Welcome to 'Light'!

Roberta and I hope you will enjoy our CD: Light - Classical Favorites for Violin & Piano.

We have worked together in a variety of fashions over the years: as violinist and collaborative pianist, as teacher and studio accompanist, and as members of the string ensemble “Trio Arabesque”, with cellist Janet Marshall. Roberta & I have played on various concert series, Music Appreciation programs, for recitals, weddings, memorial services, and private venues. We have shared our music with civic groups and with worshipers at churches.
This music was recorded August 21, 2014 in a 4 hour session, at the scene of many rehearsals over the years, Sharon’s beautiful home in the Kettle Moraine Forest.
These fourteen musical selections reflect our musical adventures together. They represent some of the most requested pieces and some of our personal favorites. We enjoy their peaceful, uplifting nature, and are happy to share them with you.

Arioso - J.S. Bach (Isaac)
Passe Pied - Ernest Gillet (Etling)
Ave Maria - Charles Gounod (Etling)
Schon Rosmarin - Fritz Kreisler
Meditation from 'Thais' - Jules Massenet
La Cinquantaine - Jean Gabriele Marie (Etling)
Ave Maria - Franz Schubert (Mickelson)
Madrigale - Achille Simoneti (Etling)
Adoration - Felix Borowski (Perlman)
Je Te Veux - Erik Satie (Yamanaka)
On Wings of Song - Felix Mendelssohn (Etling)
Children's Prayer - Englebert Humperdink (Etling)

Piece Descriptions
The Bach Arioso sings! From Cantata BWV 156, it has the rich voice that Bach imparts and is a pleasure to play! The Gillet Passe Pied is French. It literally means ‘passing feet’, and was written in a courtly style. Ave Maria, first presented by Gounod (1853) and subsequently by Schubert (1825), are instrumental versions of familiar vocal settings, which have been frequently requested over the years. From a collection of 3 Old Viennese Dances, we hear Fritz Kreisler’s Schon Rosmarin (1910). Kreisler was born in Austria and studied at the Vienna Conservatory as well as in Paris with none other than Jules Massenet, who composed “Meditation” from the opera ‘Thais’ which follows. ‘Andante Religioso’ is its musical designation. The piece carries the message of a monk to the impressionable Thais. Also from France, we hear Jean Gabriele Marie’s La Cinquantaine from ‘The Golden Wedding’ (1887). Madrigale (1901) was written by the Italian composer/violinist Achille Simonetti, who studied with Dancla, and was the only student of Niccolo Paganini! Pianist/Violinist Felix Borowski wrote Adoration in 1898. Born in Poland, he studied in London and came to the USA to become Director of the Chicago Musical College in 1896. He was a composer, teacher, newspaper critic, and program anotater for the CSO. “Je Te Veux” is a charming French waltz by Erik Satie. He created versions of the waltz for piano & voice, for brass instruments, and for full orchestra. We enjoy the beautiful violin/piano arrangement! On Wings of Song is based on a poem of the same name by Heinrich Heine. Mendelssohn set it to music in 1834. We close with the Children’s Prayer from ‘Hansel & Gretel’. The ‘Sandman’ has come to put the children to sleep. This is the prayer they hear:
When at night I go to sleep Translator: Constance Bache
Fourteen angels watch do keep;
Two my head are guarding,
Two my feet are guiding;
Two are on my right hand,
Two are on my left hand,
Two who warmly cover
Two who o'er me hover,
Two to whom 'tis given
To guide my steps to heaven

I would like to dedicate this recording to my parents, Dr. Claude & Arlene Carpenter.
Their support, appreciation of, and participation in my path in music is at the heart of
The music you hear. May its spirit reach theirs, and the light of faith that they taught
Be a beacon to us all.

Sharon and I would also like to dedicate this recording to our friend and colleague, Janet Marshall,
With whom we shared many moments of wonderful warmth and music making. Her performances
were and are always heartfelt & exquisitely done, and her musical spirit lives with us in this performance.

A special acknowledgement to the many teachers that impact our lives as musicians.
The path is long, and there are many to thank. Here, a nod to Mr. Fred Schwarz, a Violin
Instructor and his wife Barb, in Oconomowoc, from my formative years.

Also, heartfelt thanks to my brother Peter, who is and has been a collaborative colleague in my
Musical outreach through the years. His unique and always surprisingly different… and perfectly
toned graphic creations have been a joy and a blessing! Here’s to your special vision and artistic gift!

Recording, Editing and Audio Mixing: Audio for the Arts, Madison, WI
Manufactuing of the CDs: Media Service Group, Pewaukee, WI

Sharon Goodrum, Biography
Sharon Goodrum holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Sacred Music from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). She is presently the Music Coordinator at First United Methodist Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and was formerly the director of the Chancel Choir and the organist there. A professional accompanist, she was the collaborative pianist for vocalists and instrumentalists at Carroll University for 20 years and then at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has been the pianist for Waukesha South, Waukesha North, Waukesha West, and East Troy High School Choirs, University Lake School, Waukesha Choral Union, Jubilate Chorale, the Childrens’ Choirs of Waukesha, and several private studios: flute, cello, and violin. She was a member of Trio Arabesque with Janet Marshall, cellist, and Roberta Carpenter. Sharon has accompanied every instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, from piccolo to percussion.

Roberta Carpenter, Biography
Roberta Carpenter is a conductor, violinist, and teacher.

A versatile musician, Roberta Carpenter is a conductor, violinist, and teacher.

Currently Music Director of the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Carpenter has directed the Martinu Philharmonic, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, and Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Sudecka Philharmonic (Poland), the Whitewater, Beloit/Janesville, and Harper Symphonies, Vidin Philharmonic, and the Concord, and Appleton Chamber Orchestras. She has also conducted the Waukesha Choral Union and numerous choirs. Ms. Carpenter was Music Director of the Whitewater Symphony and the Carroll College Orchestra, and held Assistant Conductor positions with the Fox Valley Symphony and the Concord Chamber Orchestra. She has conducted the Moscow Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Thueringen Philharmonic of Germany.

A CD recording with Ms. Carpenter, the Martinu Philharmonic, and violinist Wayne Lin was released in 2001. A DVD recording ‘The Prague & Nymburk Concerts’ with the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic was released in June 2004. DVD and CD recordings of the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra’s Debut Concert were released in December 2012. The DVD was awarded 3rd Place in the American Prize Awards for Recordings in the Arts. A recording of Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings, Op.22 was released with the Janacek Philharmonic, and is available on YouTube and digital media. It placed in the Finals of the 2018 American Prize Competition. A recording with the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra’s May 19th Concert premiering four new movements in the Lake Tones, Legends & Landscape series is expected out in Fall 2018.

An advocate for composers and new compositions, Ms. Carpenter has premiered orchestral works by composers Crawford Gates: Fanfare for Lake Country, Sigmund Snopek: Lake Tones, Legends & Landscapes, Jacob Beranek: Theme, Prelude & Nocturne based on the Fanfare for Lake Country, David Bohn: Theme - transpositions, and Jeff Wussow: Largo et Poderoso. She and the OCO were awarded a Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Grant in 2018 to perform ‘After the Rain’ by American composer, Diane Wittry. Ms. Carpenter has also worked closely with Dr. Michael Karasis in performances of his works for orchestra & choir (American Civil War Oratorio), a full chamber music concert of his works, and Opera.

Ms. Carpenter has served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Carroll College, where she directed the college symphonies, chamber orchestra, string ensembles and taught violin, viola, music history and theory. She headed the String Department at Carroll College. Ms. Carpenter founded and subsequently directed the Oconomowoc Chamber Music Clinic for 13 years, has worked with orchestras of all ages, and was named a Lake Michigan Scholar for doing research and pre-concert lectures for symphony audiences. She has hosted ‘The Score Came Second…’ series (Music Appreciation) with live performance, and the OCO’s Chatfield Award videos. She has also taught in the extension programs for Alverno College and Lawrence University, currently is on the faculty of the Lake Country Conservatory, and heads her Zenith Studio. Ms. Carpenter has also served on the Board of Directors and Search Committees for the Waukesha Choral Union and the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Carpenter completed the coursework for a Doctoral Degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds Master of Music and Bachelor of the Fine Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, graduating with honors. She has participated in numerous conducting workshops including those of the League of American Orchestras, The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, Beyond the Baton, the Repertoire Workshop with the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, International Conducting Workshop, and the Conductors Guild; and has studied conducting with Harold Farberman, David Becker, Kenneth Kiesler, Diane Wittry, Gustav Meier, Charles Bruch, Dan Lewis, Geoffrey Simon, Otakar Trhlik, Frantisek Vajnar, Kirk Trevor, Nurhan Arman, Gunther Schuller, Margery Deutsch and Daniel Forlano. Violin studies were undertaken with Vartan Manoogian, Patrick Rafferty, Leonard Sorkin, Frederick Schwarz, Sr. Janet Shurr, and numerous Violin Master Classes including those with the Fine Arts Quartet and Kato Havas.

A Wisconsin native, Ms. Carpenter has performed extensively as a violinist with symphonic, chamber, ballet and opera orchestras, many times as concertmaster. Her current tenure as concertmaster, which spans over 26 years, is for the Waukesha Choral Union Orchestra, which performs large-scale orchestral/choral works. She has performed with the Waukesha Symphony, the Fox Valley Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. She has been featured as a chamber musician on Fox Valley Symphony‘s Chamber Music Series, has collaborated as a chamber musician with both the Jubilate Chorale and the Waukesha Choral Union, and has performed with the former Karl Ratzsch Piano Trio, the Mendelssohn Piano Trio and Trio Arabesque. She has appeared in numerous solo recitals and performances. A historical DVD, ‘America’s Kings & Queens’ produced by Terry Kaldhusdal features performances of Ms. Carpenter and Trio Arabesque. Ms. Carpenter collaborated with Sharon Goodrum on a CD entitled ‘Light: Classic Favorites for Violin & Piano’, which was a semi-finalist in the 2015 American Prize Awards. It is available online at

Most recently, composer Dr. Crawford Gates wrote a Violin/Piano arrangement of his Fanfare for Lake Country for Roberta, which she premiered on January 8th, 2017. Ms. Carpenter worked with Dr. Gates and composers Jacob Beranek & David Bohn to create a series of Fanfare ‘Instrumental Arrangements’ of varying lengths with availability for most instrument types. She also edited the Theme, Prelude and Fanfare (full length) arrangements for violin, and published all the Beranek & Bohn arrangements through her Zenith Music International company, to enable them to be available to the public. In July, Ms. Carpenter recorded the Fanfare – Violin/Piano version as well as the two instrumental arrangements for violin and two movements of the Bach Unaccompanied Sonata in g minor on the 1728 ‘Thunis’ Stradivarius. This recording was released in January 2018. She received a grant from David & Pam Williams for the project. She is currently working on a documentary video on ‘The Art of Violin Making – The Chatfield Project’ which includes interviews with luthier Scott Sleider and is a collaborative project with the Film Department at OHS, and in October, filmed interviews with Crawford & Georgia Gates, which she will produce into a video about his brilliant life in music.

Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television, many now are on YouTube as well. She has received a multitude of foundation grants and awards.

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