October 2, 2017

Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major, “Gran Partita,” K.361/370a

I. Largo. Molto Allegro

II. Menuetto

III. Adagio. Andante

IV. Menuetto. Allegretto

V. Romance. Adagio

VI. Tema con variazioni

VII. Finale. Molto Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Born: January 27, 1756, Salzburg, Austria

Died: December 5, 1791, Vienna, Austria

Instrumentation: 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 basset horns, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, doub...

September 8, 2017

Divertimento in E-Flat Major, K. 166/159d​

I. Allegro

II. Menuetto and Trio

III. Andante grazioso

IV. Adagio

V. Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Born: January 27, 1756, Salzburg, Austria

Died: December 5, 1791, Vienna, Austria

Instrumentation: Wind Dectet

Composed: 1773

Duration: 11 minutes

This chamber work, typically known as one of Mozart's "Milan divertimenti," is one of the composer's first wo...

February 7, 2017

The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Born: January 27, 1756, Salzburg, Austria

Died: December 5, 1791, Vienna, Austria

Original Instrumentation: Opera Pit Orchestra

Instrumentation: Wind Octet (Harmonie)

Composed: 1786

Arranged: 1791, Johann Nepomuk Wendt; 2017, Anthony Rivera

Duration: 10 minutes

Mozart’s opera, The Marriage of Figaro has been a cornerstone of the operatic r...

July 20, 2015

Overture to The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

In eighteenth-century Europe, noblemen enjoyed musical accompaniment to their meals, parties and other social events. The wind octet (or, as the Viennese termed it, Harmonie) consisting of pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoons proved the ideal medium, and many aristocrats established their own private Harmonie—even public tavern...

July 20, 2015

The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra performed at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in San Jose, California, on July 12, 2015.

Concert Program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Magic Flute" (1791), arr. Bastiaan Blomhert

Michael Forbes: Grumpy Troll

Craig Potter, tuba

Arvo Pärt: Fratres (1977), arr. Beat Brinner

Edgard Varèse: Density 21.5

Car...

October 14, 2014

Serenade in E-flat, K. 375

  1. Allegro Maestoso

  2. Menuetto

  3. Adagio

  4. Menuetto

  5. Finale

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Born: January 27, 1756, Salzburg, Austria

Died: December 5, 1791, Vienna, Austria

Instrumentation: Wind Octet

Duration: 20 minutes

Composed: 1781

Origins:

On November 3, 1781, Mozart wrote to his father from Vienna:

At eleven o'clock last night I was serenaded by two cla...

October 4, 2010

Please see today's blog post from Dave Wacyk, one of our graduate conducting students, who will be conducting the first two movements of the Mozart C Minor Serenade on our next concert on November 5. Enjoy!

1781-1784 was a productive year for Mozart’s contribution of repertoire for winds. It was during this time that he wrote his Serenade in C-minor. In 1782 Emperor Joseph II (who loved...

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