Leonard Bernstein, "Slava!"
Slava! (A Political Overture) Leonard Bernstein Born: August 25, 1918, Lawrence, Massachusetts Died: October 14, 1990, New York, New York Duration: 4 minutes Composed: 1977 Transcribed: 1978, Clare Grundman For the second week of his first season as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, in October 1977, Mstislav Rostropovich invited Leonard Bernstein for a program of his own works, in which the two musicians shared the podium and Mr. Rostropovich performed also a
Osvaldo Lacerda, "Dobrado, Ponto, e Maracatu"
Dobrado, Ponto, e Maracatu I. Dobrado II. Ponto III. Maracatu Osvaldo Lacerda Born: March 23, 1927, São Paulo, Brazil Died: July 18, 2011, São Paulo, Brazil Composed: 1968 Duration: 10 minutes Dobrado, Ponto, e Maracatu is a work for brass ensemble by the Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda. Like much of Lacerda’s catalog, it features refined artistic depictions of Brazilian musical nationalism, resulting from his extensive knowledge of the characteristics of the music of his
Joseph Schwantner, "From A Dark Millennium"
From a Dark Millennium Joseph Schwantner Born: March 22, 1943, Chicago, Illinois Composed: 1981 Duration: 11 minutes SANCTUARY... Deep forests a play of Shadows most ancient murmurings from a dark millennium the trembling fragrance of the music of amber - Joseph Schwantner From a Dark Millennium is the final movement of a trilogy of works for wind ensemble written by Schwantner between 1977 and 1996, which also includes the monumental works …and the mountains rising nowh
Kevin McKee, "Centennial Horizons"
Centennial Horizons I. Aspen Grove Interlude – Aspenglow II. Roaring Gunnison Kevin McKee Born: 1980, Yreka, California Composed: 2012 Arranged: Kevin McKee, David Miller Original Instrumentation: Trumpet and Piano Duration: 12 minutes The composer writes, When Catherine Sheridan first wrote to me about composing a piece for trumpet and piano, my first thoughts were of my late grandmother, Gertrude, who was always suggesting that I write a piece with Colorado as the subject.
George Antheil, "Concerto for Chamber Orchestra" (Octet for Winds)
Concerto for Chamber Orchestra (Octet for Winds) I. Vivace II. Larghetto espressivo (flessible) George Antheil Born: July 8, 1900, Trenton, New Jersey Died: February 12, 1959, New York City Composed: 1932 Duration: 15 minutes Perhaps George Antheil’s most famous composition is his Ballet Mécanique, which he wrote in 1926. His controversial music enhanced his reputation as an enfant terrible, a character description that he evidently desired because it fit into his world of th
Leonard Bernstein, "Profanation," from Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah"
Profanation from Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah Leonard Bernstein Born: August 25, 1918, Lawrence, Massachusetts Died: October 14, 1990, New York, New York Composed: 1943 Arranged: Frank Bencriscuitto Duration: 8 minutes Jeremiah, Bernstein’s first symphony, was premiered in 1944, with the composer conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Jennie Tourel as mezzo-soprano soloist, with the text coming from the Old Testament’s Book of Lamentations. Profanation, a scherzo, was originally
Percy Grainger, "Lincolnshire Posy"
Lincolnshire Posy I. Lisbon II. Horkstow Grange III. Rufford Park Poachers IV. The Brisk Young Sailor V. Lord Melbourne VI. The Lost Lady Found Percy Grainger Born: July 8, 1882, Melbourne, Australia Died: February 20, 1961, White Plains, New York Composed: Duration: 20 minutes Lincolnshire Posy was written as a commission for the 1937 American Bandmasters Association convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was partially premiered on March 7, 1937, by the Milwaukee Symphonic
Augusta Read Thomas, "Magneticfireflies"
Magneticfireflies Augusta Read Thomas Born: April 24, 1964, Glen Cove, New York Composed: Duration: 5 minutes Composer Augusta Read Thomas describes Magneticfireflies as "very rhapsodic, lyrical, rich and majestic, but also quite playful." In the score, she writes "One of the main intentions of this music is the juxtaposition between stark, bold, individual colors, such as a loud solo trumpet, Mahler style, with a completely blended timbre, Debussy style." Augusta Read Thomas
Richard Strauss, "Serenade in E-flat," Op. 7
Serenade in E-flat, Op. 7 Richard Strauss Born: June 11, 1864, Munich, Germany Died: September 8, 1949, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Composed: 1884 Duration: 10 minutes Richard Strauss had just turned seventeen when he composed his Serenade for 13 wind instruments in 1881. In true prodigy style, he had already published a string quartet, a piano sonata, some shorter piano pieces, and an orchestral march, and his catalogue of unpublished compositions included a full-length
Michael Torke, "Grand Central Station"
Grand Central Station Michael Torke Born: September 22, 1961, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Composed: 2000 Duration: 6 minutes The composer writes, As I wrote this piece, I thought of the tremendous energy of arrivals and departures, the swirling shapes and patterns of people with optimistic expectations. Newly renovated, Grand Central Station has that wonderful mix of the classically old, along with its shiny, new, welcoming appearance. Like the Goldman Band itself, who commissioned