February 17, 2018

 A Child’s Garden of Dreams

I. There is a desert on the moon where the dreamer sinks so deeply into the ground that she reaches hell

II. A drunken woman falls into the water and comes out renewed and sober

III. A horde of small animals frightens the dreamer. The animals increase to a tremendous size, and one of them devours the little girl

IV. A drop of water is seen as it appears when loo...

February 12, 2018

Huldigungsmarsch

Wagner

Born: May, 22 1833, Leipzig, Germany

Composed: 1864

Duration: 7 minutes

On the same day that his father, King Maximilian II died, on March 10th 1864, Ludwig II was crowned as his successor, aged 18. Several years previously, in 1861, he had heard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” and “Lohengrin”, which was the beginning of an almost “addictive” affinity to his music. Immediately...

November 8, 2017

Slava! (A Political Overture)

Leonard Bernstein

Born: August 25, 1918, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Died: October 14, 1990, New York, New York

Duration: 4 minutes

Composed: 1977

Transcribed: 1978, Clare Grundman

For the second week of his first season as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, in October 1977, Mstislav Rostropovich invited Leonard Bernstein for a program of his own work...

October 16, 2017

Lincolnshire Posy

I. Lisbon

II. Horkstow Grange

III. Rufford Park Poachers

IV. The Brisk Young Sailor

V. Lord Melbourne

VI. The Lost Lady Found

Percy Grainger

Born: July 8, 1882, Melbourne, Australia

Died: February 20, 1961, White Plains, New York

Composed:

Duration: 20 minutes

Lincolnshire Posy was written as a commission for the 1937 American Bandmasters Association convention in Milwaukee, Wisc...

October 16, 2017

Magneticfireflies

Augusta Read Thomas

Born: April 24, 1964, Glen Cove, New York

Composed:

Duration: 5 minutes

Composer Augusta Read Thomas describes Magneticfireflies as "very rhapsodic, lyrical, rich and majestic, but also quite playful." In the score, she writes "One of the main intentions of this music is the juxtaposition between stark, bold, individual colors, such as a loud solo trump...

October 16, 2017

Serenade in E-flat, Op. 7

Richard Strauss

Born: June 11, 1864, Munich, Germany

Died: September 8, 1949, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Composed: 1884

Duration: 10 minutes

Richard Strauss had just turned seventeen when he composed his Serenade for 13 wind instruments in 1881. In true prodigy style, he had already published a string quartet, a piano sonata, some shorter piano pieces, and an...

October 16, 2017

Grand Central Station

Michael Torke

Born: September 22, 1961, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Composed: 2000

Duration: 6 minutes

The composer writes,

As I wrote this piece, I thought of the tremendous energy of arrivals and departures, the swirling shapes and patterns of people with optimistic expectations. Newly renovated, Grand Central Station has that wonderful mix of the classically old, along with...

October 16, 2017

Fanfare pour preceder "La Peri"

Paul Dukas

Born: October 1, 1865, Paris, France

Died: May 17, 1935, Paris, France

Composed: 1912

Duration: 3 minutes

Mainly known to audiences in the United States through a single work, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the composer Paul Dukas was a pathological perfectionist who burned all but a dozen of his compositions. Besides La Péri, his major surviv...

September 1, 2017

English Folk Song Suite

I. Seventeen Come Sunday

II. My Bonny Boy

III. Folk Songs From Somerset

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Born: October 12, 1872, Down Ampney, United Kingdom

Died: August 26, 1958, London, United Kingdom

Composed: 1923

Duration: 12 minutes

At the turn of the twentieth century, there was a general interest in the recording and utilization of folk musics led by a number of European c...

August 28, 2017

Pageant, Op. 59

Vincent Persichetti

Born: June 6, 1915, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Died: August 14, 1987, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Composed: 1953

Duration: 8 minutes

Pageant, Persichetti's third work for band, opens in slow tempo with a motive in the horn that is used throughout both sections of the piece. The slow chordal section is succeeded by a lively "parade" section introduced by the...

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