Duo marries music, creativity

It wasn’t until the couple got married that they realized the music they could create together.

They had avoided performing together, but a conversation during their first anniversary got Johannes Dietrich and Marie-Aline Cadieux thinking.

And soon, they’ll bring their performance to Butler.

The duo follows performances by music professors Kate Boyd, Douglas Spaniol and David Murray.

Duo Terlano, guest artists, a violin and cello duet, will perform in the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Dietrich and Cadieux—the husband and wife that make up Duo Terlano—play violin and cello, respectively.

The couple had originally tried to steer away from performing together.

“Everything else was going so well, we were worried about how the music would turn out,” Dietrich said.

While on vacation for their first wedding anniversary, though, the two musicians decided to form a performing group, resulting in the birth of Duo Terlano.

The unusual name was taken from the northern Italian town, Terlano, where the two were spending their anniversary, Dietrich said.

Once they made the decision to play together, Dietrich said their playing experience was “more fun than anyone should have the right to have, performing as musicians.”

The group has multiple connections with Jordan College of the Arts faculty, including longstanding ties to violin professor Davis Brooks, Johannes said.

The idea of a recital at Butler came when he and his wife attended a baroque performance workshop last summer with Butler bass instructor David Murray.

In addition to performing, both Dietrich and Cadieux hold teaching positions as well.

Dietrich is a faculty member of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Penn., and Cadieux is both a professor of music at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and an adjunct cello instructor at Lebanon Valley College.

Despite the relative scarcity of music written for a violin and cello duo, the group has no trouble holding an extensive repertoire list.

Duo Terlano’s biography states that, in addition to looking for lesser-performed works from the baroque, classical and romantic eras, the group also frequently commissions new works, including original compositions and new arrangements.

The range of Duo Terlano’s repertoire can be seen in the program it has planned for its upcoming performance, which Dietrich called “eclectic.”

The scheduled program, covering 300 years of music, features duos composed by Beethoven, Kodály, Carlo Antonio Campioni and modern Bostonian composer Elena Ruehr, as well as an arrangement of portions from Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”

The Beethoven piece is a repurposed clarinet and bassoon duo. The Kodaly composition—which Dietrich characterized as “a monster piece”—was written just prior to World War II and contains a dark tone in spite of Kodaly’s signature folk music elements.

The Campioni piece was added when Dietrich and Cadieux “caught the baroque bug” after attending Murray’s workshop.

Looking for a pedagogical tool around which to build baroque performance techniques, Dietrich looked through the online International Music Score Library Project archives until he found Campioni’s Six Duets for Violin and Violincello.

In addition to performing at various colleges and concert halls around the country, Dietrich and Cadieux offer master classes and clinics at public schools and universities.

Dietrich will be presenting a master class at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall.

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