October 24, 2017

 From a Dark Millennium

Joseph Schwantner

Born: March 22, 1943, Chicago, Illinois

Composed: 1981

Duration: 11 minutes

SANCTUARY...

Deep forests
a play of Shadows
most ancient murmurings
from a dark millennium
the trembling fragrance
of the music of amber


   - Joseph Schwantner

From a Dark Millennium is the final movement of a trilogy of works for wind ensemble written by Schwantner betwe...

April 13, 2017

 Luminosity (Concerto for Wind Orchestra)

  1. Spiritoso e energico

  2. Misterioso

  3. Grande e con forza

Joseph Schwantner

Born: March 22, 1943, Chicago, Illinois

Instrumentation: Large Wind Ensemble

Composed: 2014

Duration: 20 minutes

Schwantner writes,

Luminosity, cast in three extended movements, is the latest and most ambitious work I have written for wind ensemble, following and the...

February 4, 2016

Recoil

Joseph Schwantner

Born: March 22, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois

Instrumentation: Wind Ensemble

Duration: 14 minutes

Composed: 2004

Recoil was commissioned through the Raymond and Beverly Sackler New Music Foundation for the University of Connecticut, and was given its premiere on November 3, 2004, at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, in New York, by the University of Connectic...

July 31, 2010

Continuing on with Joseph Schwantner, here is information and a recording of his piece for wind ensemble, In evening's stillness.

Schwantner Biography

In evening’s stillness was commissioned by the Illinois College Band Directors Association in 1996. It was premiered at the Midwest Music Educators National Conference convention in Peoria, Illinois, by an ensemble made up of students from...

July 30, 2010

Today's post will focus on another Schwantner piece: Recoil.

Joseph Schwantner, Recoil

University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon, conductor

Recoil was commissioned through the Raymond and Beverly Sackler New Music Foundation by the University of Connecticut. It was given its premiere on November 3rd, 2004, at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, in New York, by the...

July 29, 2010

Joseph Schwantner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, is most best-known in the wind world for ...and the mountains rising nowhere, and has written many fantastic pieces for winds; among these is "From a Dark Millennium." Below you can find information on the piece and a recording.

Joseph Schwantner, From a Dark Millennium

Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, Rodney Winther, conductor

From a Da...

June 19, 2010

Joseph Schwantner's ...and the mountains rising nowhere has become a symbol of the current trend in wind music. The piece was premiered by the Eastman Wind Ensemble in 1977 in College Park, MD at the national CBDNA conference. UMWO performed the piece in 2009 and you can find the program notes from that performance below.

Joseph Schwantner, ...and the mountains rising nowhere

The Univer...

June 9, 2010

Joseph Schwantner's Sparrows will appear on our first program of the year in September.

Joseph Schwantner, Sparrows

University of Delaware New Music Delaware Ensemble

Wesley J. Broadnax, conductor; Shari Feldman, soprano

Below are program notes from the CD insert of American Classics: Joseph Schwantner.

Sparrows, was written in 1979 for the Twentieth Century Consort. The text consists of fi...

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