Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote "Without music, life would be a mistake." At
the Knoxville Museum of Art on Sunday this statement certainly rang true.
Although usually known for its collection of paintings and sculptures, the
KMA displayed a different kind of art: music.
The KMA hosted a music recital featuring the trumpet and bassoon.
University of Tennessee music professor Keith McClelland, playing the
bassoon, was joined by renowned trumpet player Vince DiMartino. The two
musicians attended Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in the
1960s. Over the past 30 years their paths have crossed at various times and
Due to the extreme difference of their instruments, the range of pieces for
performance are very limited. They often joked about performing the
Hindemith, a difficult concerto for trumpet and bassoon. Finally, after
three decades, the two performed the concerto along with five other
McClelland and DiMartino were assisted by UT professor Fay Adams, who added
her talent on the piano. Although each musician had performed countless
times before, the trio had not performed together until Sunday. Regardless,
the performance was flawless and well-received by the crowded
The recital began with a Baroque piece written for the bassoon and trumpet.
From the first notes, the trio's teamwork and musical talent were evident.
Instead of mechanically delivering each note, the musicians focused on
conveying the emotion in the pieces they were playing.
After four other pieces, the recital was concluded with the spectacular
Hindemath concerto. According to Adams, the amazing music is "like a big
puzzle you must piece together."
The trio masterfully assembled their puzzle and delivered it to a most
If life without music is a mistake, these three musicians have kept us from
making a serious blunder. Through their art they paint a world of grace and
beauty. This beauty, along with the passion created in the music between
this trio, is no mistake.
KMA hosts musical talent
Published: Tue Sep 01, 1998 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:41 p.m.