April 20, 2011

Today's Composers Datebook featured an instrument that is not particularly well-known, but important to any discussion of the music of Olivier Messiaen, whose music UMWO is currently working on.

Composers Datebook Audio-4/20/2011

The Ondes Martenot

Today in 1928, a French musician and inventor named Maurice Martenot gave the first public demonstration of a strange, new electronic instrume...

April 10, 2011

See the text and audio link from today's Composers Datebook that highlights Giannini's Symphony No. 3 for band.

Composers Datebook Audio: April 10, 2011

On today's date in 1959, the Duke University Band under its conductor, Paul Bryan, gave the official premiere performance of a new work they had commissioned: the Symphony No. 3 for concert band by the American composer, Vittorio Giannin...

February 7, 2011

See below the post and audio link from Composer's Datebook for today featuring Howard Hanson's work for wind band, Laude.

Audio Link for Composer's Datebook: 2/7/2011

Howard Hanson's Laude

On today's date in 1975, Laude, a new work for symphonic winds by American composer Howard Hanson received its premiere performance in Berkeley, California, by the California State University Long Beach...

December 14, 2010

Today on Composers Datebook, you can read about Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques, which will be performed by UMWO on our April 1 concert. The text is below and you can get audio of today's broadcast here. More information on Birds can be found elsewhere on this blog.

Messiaen and Respighi: For the Birds

The song of birds has fascinated composers for centuries, and imitations of especially me...

October 1, 2010

Composers Datebook Audio 10/1/2010

"Flagg-waving" in Colonial Boston?

On today's date in 1768, two regiments of British redcoats marched into Colonial Boston with colors flying -- and bayonets fixed -- accompanied by martial music provided by their regimental wind band. It was that city's introduction to the exotic sound of massed oboes, bassoons, and French horns.

One Bostonian who was v...

August 31, 2010

Below you can find today's Composers Datebook, discussing Kurt Weill's Three-Penny Opera.

Composers Datebook audio

Weill's Three-penny Opera in Berlin

On today's date in 1928, Kurt Weill's Three-Penny Opera debuted at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, a small, but opulent Baroque-style theater in Berlin. It must have seemed a rather ironic setting for Kurt Weill's "opera for beggars," whose...

August 30, 2010

Below is Composers Datebook which features the wind band icon John Philip Sousa. You can find the audio clip and the text below. Enjoy!

Composers Datebook audio (8/30/10)

Sousa gets stiffed in Minneapolis

It was on this day in 1929 that a new march by John Philip Sousa was played for the first -- and last -- time until almost 60 years later. The Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March was...

August 9, 2010

Percy Grainger was featured on today's Composers Datebook. See below!

Composers Datebook audio (8/9/2010)

Grainger and Shostakovich go public

On today's date in 1928, Percy Grainger -- Australian-born American composer, pianist and folk song collector -- was married to Ella Viola Ström, a Swedish poet and painter. It was a very public ceremony that took place in the Hollywood Bowl amphith...

July 28, 2010

For those of you who are in the band camp spirit, today's Composers Datebook featured another piece for winds: Hector Berlioz's Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale.

You can read our post on the Grande Symphonie here.

Composers Datebook audio link

Berlioz gets hot

Playing in a marching band isn't always as easy as it looks, musically speaking. Imagine the predicament in which Berlioz fou...

July 24, 2010

Today's Composers Datebook focuses on Hindemith's Konzertmusik, Op. 41, a fantastic piece for winds. We have posted on this piece here, but you should find the information below enlightening. You can find the text below and the audio clip. There is also some great commentary in the piece on how far band music has come since 1926. 

Composers Datebook audio (7/24/2010)

Hindemith for Winds

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