December 29, 2016

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 Thurs...

October 20, 2016

Charles Edward Ives, the convention-shattering American modernist composer, was born 142 years ago today, October 20th, 1874, in Danbury, Connecticut. Ives would later pen some of the most remarkable music every composed, anticipating many later twentieth-century musical innovations by decades, and establishing himself as one of the first true American master composers.

Ives had early m...

April 2, 2016

Decoration Day

Charles E. Ives

Born: October 20, 1874, Danbury, Connecticut

Died: May 19, 1954, New York, New York

Original Instrumentation: Orchestra

Duration: 9 minutes

Composed: 1912

Arranged: Jonathan Elkus, 1962

Charles Ives’ Decoration Day, a dreamy haze of almost-forgotten memories and half-remembered tunes, depicts recollections American Civil War through the eyes of a Connecticut yout...

April 1, 2016

Overture and March “1776”

Charles E. Ives

Born: October 20, 1874, Danbury, Connecticut

Died: May 19, 1954, New York, New York

Original Instrumentation: Theater Orchestra

Duration: 3 minutes

Composed: 1903-1914

Arranged: James B. Sinclair, 1975

Program note from the printed score:

Overture and March “1776” was originally conceived for a play by Ives' uncle, Lyman Brewster. The plan of making an...

October 10, 2010

Charles Ives is a composer that has not been discussed on this blog as of yet. Although Ives is not a composer that we generally consider a "band" composer, many of his works for winds are quite excellent. His "Country Band March" contains many compositional techniques that are considered quintessentially "Ives", especially his wit and irony. Program notes from the printed score are be...

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