November 1, 2019

The Last Hivemind

Shuying Li

Born: 1989

Composed: 2018

Duration: 7 minutes

The Last Hive Mind was written for conductor Glen Adsit and the Foot in the Door Ensemble at The Hartt School. Inspired by several episodes of the British TV series Black Mirror and the general idea of recent increasing debate around the artificial intelligence and how it will affect our daily lives as human being, I...

November 5, 2018

Fanfare after Seventeenth Century Dances
Donal Michalsky 

Born: 1928, Pasadena, CA

Died: 1975

Composed: 1965

Duration: 8 minutes

Donal Michalsky was a native Californian. Born and raised in Pasadena, he received his DMA from the University of Southern California, studying theory with Halsey Stevens and composition with Ingolf Dahl. After completion of his studies, he chose to remain in the...

November 5, 2018

Winter Blossom

Xi Wang

Born: 1978

Composed: 2017

Duration: 18 minutes

Chinese-born composer Xi Wang has been considered one of the most talented and active composers of her generation. Her original concert music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Spokane Symp...

November 2, 2018

Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after Purcell)

Steven Stucky

Born: 1948, Abilene, Texas 

Composed: 1991

Duration: 10 minutes

Stucky wrote Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after Henry Purcell) in 1991 for Los Angeles Philharmonic, who premiered the work on Feb. 6, 1992, in Los Angeles.

Stucky offers the following regarding his composition: 

“It was at the suggestion of Esa-Pekka Salonen that I tran...

September 11, 2018

Three Comments on War

Jan Meyerowitz

Ed. Erik Leung

Born: 1913, Germany

Composed: 1964

Duration: 10:40

Three Comments on War was commissioned by the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. The melody that serves as “Chorale” of the first movement, an anonymous secular French ballad of antiquity is the folk song “Jean Renaud,” which tells the story of a mortally...

September 10, 2018

Septet

Hindemith

Born: 1895, Hanau, Germany

Composed: 1948

Duration: 17 minutes

As part of our "Immigrants I" program on October, UMWO will perform Hindemith's "Septet", a piece of extremely unique character and instrumentation, which was quite popular in Hindemith's own time. Hindemith wrote it as a newly minted American Citizen, but while traveling back to his homeland following the War....

September 6, 2018

Millennium Canons

Kevin Puts

Arranged by Mark Spede

Composed: 2003

Duration: 7 minutes

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his debut opera Silent Night, Kevin Puts has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation. Critically acclaimed for a richly colored, harmonic, and freshly melodic musical voice that has also been described as “emotional, compelling, and releva...

February 17, 2018

 A Child’s Garden of Dreams

I. There is a desert on the moon where the dreamer sinks so deeply into the ground that she reaches hell

II. A drunken woman falls into the water and comes out renewed and sober

III. A horde of small animals frightens the dreamer. The animals increase to a tremendous size, and one of them devours the little girl

IV. A drop of water is seen as it appears when loo...

February 13, 2018

I wander the world in a dream of my own making

Christopher Theofanidis

Born: December 18, 1967, Dallas, Texas

Composed: 2005

Duration: 8 minutes

The composer writes:

When Robert Rumbelow approached me to write a piece for wind ensemble for this wonderful consortium commission, I was really delighted, as I had been thinking of a piece for these forces for some time and was eager to try some o...

February 12, 2018

Huldigungsmarsch

Wagner

Born: May, 22 1833, Leipzig, Germany

Composed: 1864

Duration: 7 minutes

On the same day that his father, King Maximilian II died, on March 10th 1864, Ludwig II was crowned as his successor, aged 18. Several years previously, in 1861, he had heard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” and “Lohengrin”, which was the beginning of an almost “addictive” affinity to his music. Immediately...

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