June 9, 2010

Joseph Schwantner's Sparrows will appear on our first program of the year in September.

Joseph Schwantner, Sparrows

University of Delaware New Music Delaware Ensemble

Wesley J. Broadnax, conductor; Shari Feldman, soprano

Below are program notes from the CD insert of American Classics: Joseph Schwantner.

Sparrows, was written in 1979 for the Twentieth Century Consort. The text consists of fi...

June 7, 2010

On our February concert, we will perform John Corigliano's Two Tarantellas. In light of this, this write-up on his Gazebo Dances by the Composers Datebook through American Public Media might prove to be very interesting to some of you.

Gazebo Dances (originally written for piano four hands) includes, as its last movement, a tarantella, that precedes the one found in his Symphony No. 1....

June 6, 2010

As promised, here is Part II of the Matthew Tommasini music that will be part of our February concert. Below are the program notes for Three Spanish Songs (2005). More information, and a recording, can be accessed via Tommasini's website.

This cycle is a setting of three contrasting poems by Latin-American poets Leopoldo Lugones, Rubén Darío, and José Martí. Olas grises uses evocative r...

June 5, 2010

On our February concert, we will have the privilege of working with Matthew Tommasini, a young composer whose work is starting to gain traction in the wind world. The concert will feature two of his pieces, Torn Canvases and Three Spanish Songs. The next two days will feature program notes about each piece as well as full recordings of each that are available for download from his webs...

June 4, 2010

On our final concert of the year, we will perform our second Messiaen piece of this year, and the third in two years. Couleurs de la Cite Celeste was written the year before Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, and portrays colors as represented by the multi-colored wall in the book of Revelation. Below is the program note from Messiaen.

Couleurs de la Cité Celeste was composed in 1963...

June 1, 2010

Below is the second movement of John Adams' Grand Pianola Music. Not necessarily a so-called "band" piece (Adams has not written one), Grand Pianola Music is written for winds, two pianos, and three female vocalists. The piece has some absolutely beautiful moments and you should certainly take the time to listen to this piece and Adams's music in general if you are not familiar with it...

May 30, 2010

This is easily one of the most important and greatest pieces written for winds. Stravinsky's Octet, written in 1923 and widely regarded as his first truly neoclassical pieces, is written for an odd instrumentation (Fl, Clar, 2 Bsn, 2 Tpt, 2 Tbn) that, according to Stravinsky, appeared to him in a dream. This is a dubious claim at best, but interesting nonetheless. You can find some mor...

May 27, 2010

Featured on the November concert is Dutilleux's Timbres, espace, mouvement, ou la nuit étoilée. This is a good recording by Lyon with Baudo conducting. The descriptive text is in French, but the piece is inspired by space--think van Gogh "Starry Night".

Henri Dutilleux, Timbres, espace, mouvement, ou la nuit étoilée (part I)

Orchestre National de Lyon, Serge Baudo, conductor

Henri Dutille...

March 3, 2010

Greg Sandow, who is an Artist-in-Residence working with the University of Maryland, has a blog that you might find of interest. More specifically, you can find the blog entry he wrote about working with UMSO/UMWO here. Take the time to look through the whole site--there is some pretty fantastic stuff on there.

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