March 10, 2017

The Solitary Dancer

Warren Benson

Born: January 26, 1924, Detroit, Michigan

Died: October 6, 2005, Rochester, New York

Composed: 1970

Duration: 7 minutes

The Solitary Dancer is considered a masterpiece in economy of resources, sensitivity for wind and percussion colors and subtle development and recession of instrumental and musical frenzy. The work refers to the “quiet, poised energy that o...

October 2, 2010

Today's post will feature more band music from Warren Benson as we explore The Leaves Are Falling. Benson began composition of the piece on November 22, 1963 the date of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the work uses the Martin Luther hymn tune Ein' feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress). The piece is extremely important in the history of band music and was considered exceptionally imp...

July 9, 2010

Although Warren Benson's music has fallen out of favor among many wind ensembles in the past twenty years, his contributions to the medium cannot be understated and his pieces for winds are among some of the best written for the ensemble. Today's post will explore his work The Solitary Dancer. You can find notes and a recording below.

Warren Benson, The Solitary Dancer

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