August 25, 2010

Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst are in many ways kindred spirits in the world of classical music and especially band music. Both were English composers fascinated with English folk song and both of them wrote multiple pieces for military band that have become staples of the wind band repertoire. Today's blog post will focus on Vaughan Williams's "Folk Song Suite." Below you can...

August 20, 2010

Today's blog will feature another piece by Frank Ticheli - Blue Shades. Program notes are below as well as a recording.

Frank Ticheli, Blue Shades

University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon, conductor

These notes are from

This composition reflects Frank Ticheli’s love for the traditional jazz music that he heard so often while growing up near new Orle...

August 19, 2010

Since it's the end of the summer, a piece entitled Postcard would seem to be appropriate. Below you can find information on Frank Ticheli's Postcard, and a recording.

These program notes are by the composer.

Postcard was commissioned by my friend, colleague, and mentor, H. Robert Reynolds, in memory of his mother, Ethel Virginia Curry. He requested that I compose not an elegy commemorati...

August 17, 2010

In a similar vein to yesterday's post, today's blog post will focus on Gordon Jacob's Music for a Festival. You can find program notes and a recording below. The notes are from a review of the CD "A Festival of Music."

Gordon Jacob followed closely in the footsteps of Vaughan Williams and Holst in the early part of the twentieth century. Together they enriched the repertoire and raised...

August 16, 2010

Today's post will focus on another classic for large wind ensemble: Gordon Jacob's William Byrd Suite. Jacob wrote many pieces for band (which we will explore more of in the near future), but the William Byrd Suite is probably his most famous. Extensive program notes below are by Brian Doyle, as well as recordings.

William Byrd Suite

  I. The Earle of Oxford's Marche

  II. Pavana

  III. Jh...

August 16, 2010

Below are program note and a recording of Vincent Persichetti's Masquerade for Band

Vincent Persichetti: Masquerade for Band, Op. 102

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band, Col. Michael J. Colburn, conductor

Vincent Persichetti: Masquerade for Band, Op. 102 (1966)

Masquerade, a theme and set of ten variations, is a realization of examples and exercises that can be found in Persic...

August 15, 2010

Continuing with the music of Vincent Persichetti, today's blog post will focus on his Divertimento. Along with the Symphony (see yesterday's post), these two are widely considered Persichetti's two best works for bands. You can read two different sets of program notes below and hear a recording.

Vincent Persichetti, Divertimento, Op. 42

University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Cor...

August 14, 2010

Vincent Persichetti's "Symphony No. 6" is certainly a work that has become a cornerstone of the wind band repertoire. For Persichetti, whose contributions to the wind medium cannot be understated, this is probably his most significant work for winds. The next blog posts will focus on the music of Persichetti (since we have yet to post on his music) so stay tuned for more posts on this...

August 13, 2010

Inspired by today's Composers Datebook, which you can find below, today's blog post will focus on the music of David Del Tredici and his two works for band: In Wartime and Acrostic Song (arr. Mark Spede). Today's Composers Datebook, program notes for both pieces, and recordings are below. Enjoy!

Composers Datebook audio (8/12/10)

Del Tredici in Wonderland

On today's date in 1964, a 27-yea...

August 9, 2010

Percy Grainger was featured on today's Composers Datebook. See below!

Composers Datebook audio (8/9/2010)

Grainger and Shostakovich go public

On today's date in 1928, Percy Grainger -- Australian-born American composer, pianist and folk song collector -- was married to Ella Viola Ström, a Swedish poet and painter. It was a very public ceremony that took place in the Hollywood Bowl amphith...

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