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...

August 6, 2010

Another day means another great Composers Datebook for wind composers. Although the piece featured on today's Composers Datebook, "From the Canyons to the Stars" by Olivier Messiaen is certainly worthy of discussion on this blog. His music has been featured three times on this website and fans of his music will find a great deal to love about this piece. Enjoy!

Composers Datebook audio...

August 5, 2010

In honor of a great composer of wind music, here is today's Composers Datebook, celebrating William Schuman's 100th birthday.

Composers Datebook audio (8/5/2010)

William Schuman at 100

By the time of his death in 1998, pop singer Frank Sinatra was such a domineering figure in his field that he was known as "The Chairman of the Board." By the time of his death in 1992, the same nickname mi...

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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July 21, 2010

Felix Mendelssohn's Overture for Winds has a long and somewhat problematic history in wind band music. Mendelssohn scored the piece for harmoniemusik (wind octet) plus flute, trumpet, and an English bass horn. However, Mendelssohn lost the score to the eleven-instrument version and submitted for publication a revised version for twenty three instruments plus percussion. The autograph o...

July 20, 2010

Today, two composers were featured on Composers Datebook: Aaron Copland and William Schuman. Although both of these composers played a role in wind and band development in the 20th century, today's blog post will focus on Schuman. Although the piece featured on Composers Datebook is not George Washington Bridge, the information is interesting nonetheless. You can find the Composers Dat...

June 27, 2010

Schoenberg's "Theme and Variations, Op. 43a", a cornerstone of the wind band repertoire, was featured today on Composers Datebook from American Public Media. Schoenberg intended the piece to be played by a high school ensemble or amateur group, but as anyone who has performed the piece can tell you, it is much too difficult for high school students. The piece is also unusual, in that S...

June 16, 2010

Along with Giovanni Gabrieli's Sonata Pian'e Forte, George Frideric Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks is one of the earliest and best pieces for winds. This information on Handel came from today's Composers Datebook:

"Handel and the Royals"

It was on today's date in 1710 that a German composer by the name of Georg Friedrich Händel was appointed Kapellmeister to Georg Ludwig, the Ele...

June 13, 2010

Today, the featured piece on Composers Datebook from American Public Media was Darius Milhaud's Suite Francaise. Although this piece does not receive the performances that it did in the mid to late twentieth century, it still remains an important part of the wind band repertoire.

This piece is also representative of a movement that took place in the middle part of the twentieth century....

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