February 12, 2018



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...

February 12, 2018


Berg, Alban

Born: February 9, 1885 – December 24, 1935, Vienna, Austria

Composed: 1923-1925

Duration: 42 minutes

On March 3rd, 2018, UMWO will perform, for the second time since the group's inception, Alban Berg's incredible Chamber Concerto, or Kammerkonzert. This piece is a great example of "Second Viennese" composition in its breadth and intricacy. The piece has a backgroun...

February 3, 2018


Dmitri Shostakovich (trans. Donald Hunsburger)

Born: September 25th, 1906, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Died: August 9th, 1975, Moscow, Russia

Composed: 1959

Duration: 2 minutes

This light-hearted romp comes from a larger work by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.  Moscow, Cheryomushki is a satirical three-part operetta set in a housing project in southwest Moscow.  It premiered on Janu...

February 1, 2018

Serenade for brass and percussion

Willem van Otterloo

Born: December 27th, 1907, Winterswijk, Netherlands

Died: July 27th, 1978, Melbourne, Australia

Composed: 1944

Duration: 18 minutes

Conductor and composer, Willem van Otterloo was born in Winterswijk, Netherlands and died in Melbourne, Australia. After studying medicine for a time, he went to the Amsterdam Conservatory where he studi...

Danse Funambulesque

Jules Strens

Born: December 5, 1893, Brussels, Belgium

Died: March 19, 1971, Brussels, Belgium

Instrumentation: Chamber Orchestra

Duration: 11 minutes

Composed: 1925

Jules Strens studied violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and for a while he received advice from Paul Gilson in orchestration. In 1926 he became member of the “Synthétistes” group of young progressive...

January 23, 2018

Concerto for Winds and Percussion

Christian Lindberg

Born: February 15, 1958, Danderyd, Sweden

Composed: 2003

Duration: 16 minutes

Christian Lindberg is widely considered to be one of the finest trombone soloists to have ever lived. Born in Danderyd, Sweden (a suburb of Stockholm), he began playing the trumpet in his youth and later took up the trombone as a teenager in order to join a frie...

December 5, 2017

Danzón No. 2

Arturo Márquez

Born: December 20, 1950, Álamos, Mexico

Composed: 1994

Arranged: Oliver Nickel

Duration: 9 minutes

The composer writes:

The idea of writing the Danzón No. 2 originated in 1993 during a trip to Malinalco with the painter Andrés Fonseca and the dancer Irene Martínez, both of whom are experts in salon dances with a special passion for the danzón, which they were able...

December 5, 2017

Kammersymphonie No. 1, Op. 9

Arnold Schoenberg

Born: September 13, 1874, Vienna, Austria

Died: July 13, 1951, Los Angeles, California

Composed: 1906

Duration: 20 minutes

When Schoenberg completed the Kammersymphonie (Chamber Symphony) No. 1 in 1906, he told his friends: “Now I have established my style. Now I know how I have to compose.” He quickly realized this was not true: as he put it, h...

December 5, 2017

 that secret from the river

Joel Puckett

Born: June 27, 1977, Atlanta, Georgia

Composed: 2015

Duration: 22 minutes

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the prese...

Sinfonietta, Op. 188

I. Allegro

II. Allegro molto

III. Larghetto

IV. Vivace

Joachim Raff

Born: May 27, 1822, Lachen, Switzerland

Died: June 24, 1882, Frankfurt, Germany

Composed: 1873

Duration: 25 minutes

The lack of evidence to the contrary seems to indicate that Raff himself coined the word Sinfonietta for his op.188 in F. It has since been commonly used for works such as this - "little" or "l...

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