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“Chaconne and fugue, for horn and piano” is a memorial to Dr. John C. Wood, Jr., a pediatric surgery resident at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, murdered while on call in 1981. Dr. Wood was fine horn player and before becoming a doctor was a student of Philip Myers at the Julliard School. He was also a rugby player. The fugue subject, a derivative of the chaconne motive, came to the composer while thinking of Dr. Wood's loping backfield running style.
The work consists of fourteen iterations and variations of an eight-bar ground, leading attacca to a fugue on already presented material. Although everything else in the piece is original, the fugue quotes, three times, the opening motive of the 1939 sonata for horn and piano by Paul Hindemith, the last work that Dr. Wood and the composer performed together. The work ends with the Hindemith motive played on top of the chaconne ground.
Jonathan Newmark - violist, pianist, and composer - received his MM degree in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2015. His works have premiered at the Charlotte New Music Festival, the Walden School Creative Musicians’ Retreat, and with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra of Washington, DC. His 1997 String Trio co-won the Southeastern Composers Competition at Old Dominion University in 2000. A 1974 graduate of Harvard College, he earned his MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1978, and is a board-certified neurologist, retired Colonel in the US Army Medical Corps, and one of the nation’s leading authorities on medical response to chemical warfare and terrorism. He lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.