January 18, 2016

Mojave

Michael Torke

Born: September 22, 1961, Milwaukee, WI

Instrumentation: Marimba soloist and Wind Ensemble

Duration: 16 minutes

Composed: 2009

Mojave is a marimba concerto commissioned by the 2010 Tromp International Music Competition and Festival, and written for Colin Currie. 

It has three versions, marimba with string quartet, and marimba with wind ensemble, and marimba and orc...

October 2, 2015

Are You Experienced?

  1. On Being Hit on the Head

  2. Dance

  3. On Being Hit on the Head (reprise)

  4. On Hearing the Voice of God

  5. Drop

  6. On Hearing the Siren’s Song

David Lang

Born: January 8, 1957, Los Angeles, CA

Instrumentation: Narrator, Electric Tuba and 13 players

Duration: 27 minutes

Composed: 1988

Are You Experienced? is the title of a Jimi Hendrix song that became one...

October 1, 2015

Mein Jesu, was für Seelenweh (My Jesus! Oh What Anguish), BWV 487

Johann Sebastian Bach

Born: March 31, 1685, Eisenach, Germany

Died: July 28, 1750, Leipzig, Germany

Instrumentation: Sacred Song transcribed for Wind Ensemble by Alfred Reed

Duration: 5 minutes

Composed: 1736

The original version of this work was composed in 1736 as one of a set of sacred songs—the melody has been definitely es...

October 1, 2015

Apotheosis of this Earth

  1. Apotheosis

  2. Tragedy of Destruction

  3. Postscript

Karel Husa

Born: August 7, 1921 in Prague, Czech Republic

Instrumentation: Concert Band

Duration: 25 minutes

Composed: October 1970

In the late 1960’s, Husa became increasingly concerned about the deterioration of the earth’s environment. He recalls impressions from the summer of 1970:  “I saw an incredible...

October 1, 2015

Symphony No. 4

  1. Poco agitato

  2. Allegretto scherzando

  3. Adagio

  4. Fanfare e Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Arthur Meulemans

Born: May 19, 1884, Aarschot, Belgium

Died: June 29, 1966 in Etterbeek, Belgium

Instrumentation: Wind Instruments and Percussion

Duration: 25 minutes

Composed: 1935

Among the fifteen symphonies composed by Arthur Meulemans, the fourth symphony is the only one h...

September 29, 2015

Mass No.2 in E minor, WAB 27

  1. Kyrie

  2. Gloria

  3. Credo

  4. Sanctus

  5. Benedictus

  6. Agnus Dei

Anton Bruckner

Born: September 4, 1824 in Ansfelden, Austria

Died: October 11, 1896 in Vienna, Austria

Instrumentation: Eight-part mixed chorus and wind instruments

Duration: 40 minutes

Composed: 1882 (second version)

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) is one of the most enigmatic of composers...

September 29, 2015

Concerto for Horn

  1. Prologue

  2. Allegro

David Amram

Born: November 7, 1930

Instrumentation: horn and wind orchestra

Duration: 12 minutes

Composed: 1967

David Amram was approached by Walter Hinrichsen of C.F Peters Publications about writing a work for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, directed by Robert Boudreau. After many years, in 1965, he wrote King Lear Variations for the AWSO...

September 29, 2015

Concerto for 23 Winds

  1. Andante

  2. Vivace

  3. Lento

  4. Allegro molto

Walter S. Hartley

Born February 1, 1927 in Washington, D.C.

Instrumentation: orchestral wind section

Duration: 17 minutes

Composed: 1957

The work is in four movements roughly corresponding to those of the classical symphony or sonata in form, but it is textually more related to the style of the Baroque concert, bei...

January 27, 2015

Dance Concerto

Donald Crockett

Born: 1951, Pasadena, California

Instrumentation: Clarinet Soloist and Wind Ensemble

Duration: 19 minutes

Composed: 2013

Premiere: February 9, 2014. Stefan Van Sant, Solo Clarinet. USC Thornton Wind Ensemble; H. Robert Reynolds, Conductor. Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California

Donald Crockett is Professor and Chair of the Composition Department an...

January 16, 2015

Scenes Revisited

Verne Reynolds

Born: 1926, Lyons, Kansas

Died: June 28, 2011

Instrumentation: Wind Ensemble

Duration: 18 minutes

Composed: 1977

Verne Reynolds began study of the violin and piano at an early age and at thirteen began playing the horn. He has degrees in composition from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin, and has studied at the Royal College of M...

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