March 15, 2016

The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra, with the help of the University of Maryland Concert Choir and solo pianist Rita Sloan, performed at the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference on March 12, on the campus of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Additionally, Doctoral Candidate Anthony Rivera gave a presentation on Sam...

Oiseaux Exotiques

Olivier Messiaen

Born December 10, 1908, in Avignon, France

Died April 27, 1992, in Paris, France

Instrumentation: Small Wind Ensemble and Solo Piano

Duration: 15 minutes

Composed: 1955-1956

Olivier Messiaen, Oiseaux Exotiques

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, conductor, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

“Listen to the birds! They are great teachers.” This pronouncemen...

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...

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...

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...

June 4, 2010

On our final concert of the year, we will perform our second Messiaen piece of this year, and the third in two years. Couleurs de la Cite Celeste was written the year before Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, and portrays colors as represented by the multi-colored wall in the book of Revelation. Below is the program note from Messiaen.

Couleurs de la Cité Celeste was composed in 1963...

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