Graduate Conductors To Present at National CBDNA Conference
University of Maryland doctoral conducting students Brian Coffill and David Wacyk have been selected, through a juried application process, to give poster presentations at the 2017 College Band Directors National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. David will be presenting his paper, "Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments: Toward a New Understanding of Pitch Structure," on Thursday, March 16, and Brian will be presenting his paper, "Charles Ives' Decoration Day: A Con
Igor Stravinsky: "Symphonies of Wind Instruments"
Symphonies of Wind Instruments Igor Stravinsky Throughout his career, Stravinsky was occupied with memorial works, ranging from the Chant Funebre of 1908 (composed on the death of Rimsky Korsakov) to the late works, Elegy for J.F.K. and the orchestral variations Aldous Huxley in Memoriam. He was also fascinated with ritual music from the ancient, pagan rituals of The Rite of Spring and Les Noces to the later, Christian-inspired Mass, Canticum Sacrum and Requiem Canticles. Th
Igor Stravinsky: "Octet" for Wind Instruments
Octet for Wind Instruments Sinfonia Tema con Variazioni Finale Igor Stravinsky Born: June 17, 1882, Oranienbaum (now Lomonosov), Russia Died: April 6, 1971, New York, New York Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, two bassoons, two trumpets, two trombones Composed: 1923 Duration: 16 minutes “The Octet began with a dream,” Stravinsky recalled in his Dialogues and a Diary, "...in which I saw myself in a small room surrounded by a small group of instrumentalists playing some very at
I've recently come across Igor Stravinsky's Obituary written by Donal Henahan, and printed in the New York Times upon the composer's death in 1971. Though it might seem a bit cryptic as material for this blog, it is actually a very interesting read. For those that are Stravinsky enthusiasts,history buffs, or are less acquainted with Stravinsky's life and works, it's a great way to step back in time and learn his story. Below is the beginning of the article, and the link bring
Composers Datebook: "Pulcinella"
Given our recent concert with Pulcinella, today's Composers Datebook seemed appropriate. Audio for Composers Datebook 5/15/2011 Stravinsky and Rochberg start trends Today we celebrate two premieres and one three-letter prefix: "neo," meaning "new." On today's date in 1920, Igor Stravinsky's ballet "Pulcinella" was produced for the first time in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Stravinsky incorporated into the score some instrumental pieces attributed to the 18th century I
Igor Stravinsky: "Circus Polka"
Stravinsky's Circus Polka is not one of his most well-known pieces for winds, but it is certainly a fun and interesting piece to listen to. You won't find a lot of the intellectual stimulation that is in the rest of his music, but the piece certainly gives a window into his compositional mindset. Program notes are below. Program Notes from the Redwood Symphony by Barbara Heninger, edited, amended, and otherwise improved by Eric Kujawsky, Peter Stahl, and Doug Wyatt. Igor Stra
Igor Stravinsky: "Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments"
In a manner of speaking, today's blog post is a continuation of yesterday's post on Igor Stravinsky's Mass and will deal with the Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments. Written between 1923 and 1924 (just four years after Symphonies of Wind Instruments), the Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments is an example of Stravinsky's early neoclassicism. The piece was composed at the request of Serge Koussevitzky and was premiered with the composer playing the piano part, as was S
Igor Stravinsky: "Mass"
Igor Stravinsky's contributions to the wind repertoire cannot be overstated and his importance to winds is probably only second to Mozart. L'Histoire du Soldat, Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920 and 1947), Octet, Piano Concerto, and the Mass have all become standards in the wind world. Since we have already posted on the Octet and Symphonies of Wind Instruments, this post will focus on the Mass. Composed between 1944 and 1948, the Mass was composed in the second half of St
Igor Stravinsky: "Octet"
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 more specific information on the piece here. Stravinsky also published an article on the Octet
Igor Stravinsky - "Symphonies of Wind Instruments"
The Symphonies of Wind Instruments, composed in 1920--seven years after The Rite of Spring--is one of Igor Stravinsky's most original and influential compositions. A poor premiere performance (Stravinsky later referred to it as the "execution of my Symphonies in the literal, firing-squad sense") and the work's austere effect meant that it was not greeted with the rioting of The Rite of Spring's premiere. Nevertheless, later composers have been fascinated and influenced by the