November 1, 2019

The Last Hivemind

Shuying Li

Born: 1989

Composed: 2018

Duration: 7 minutes

The Last Hive Mind was written for conductor Glen Adsit and the Foot in the Door Ensemble at The Hartt School. Inspired by several episodes of the British TV series Black Mirror and the general idea of recent increasing debate around the artificial intelligence and how it will affect our daily lives as human being, I...

November 5, 2018

Fanfare after Seventeenth Century Dances
Donal Michalsky 

Born: 1928, Pasadena, CA

Died: 1975

Composed: 1965

Duration: 8 minutes

Donal Michalsky was a native Californian. Born and raised in Pasadena, he received his DMA from the University of Southern California, studying theory with Halsey Stevens and composition with Ingolf Dahl. After completion of his studies, he chose to remain in the...

September 11, 2018

Three Comments on War

Jan Meyerowitz

Ed. Erik Leung

Born: 1913, Germany

Composed: 1964

Duration: 10:40

Three Comments on War was commissioned by the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. The melody that serves as “Chorale” of the first movement, an anonymous secular French ballad of antiquity is the folk song “Jean Renaud,” which tells the story of a mortally...

September 10, 2018

Paul Hindemith's Konzertmusik, Op. 41, composed in 1926, was, in some ways, written to promote the importance and relevance of wind music in classical performance. Although designed as a piece for amateurs, the piece is certainly challenging enough for professional players - a comparison may be drawn to the Schoenberg Theme and Variations, Op. 43a in this way. The piece is written...

September 6, 2018

Millennium Canons

Kevin Puts

Arranged by Mark Spede

Composed: 2003

Duration: 7 minutes

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his debut opera Silent Night, Kevin Puts has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation. Critically acclaimed for a richly colored, harmonic, and freshly melodic musical voice that has also been described as “emotional, compelling, and releva...

February 13, 2018

I wander the world in a dream of my own making

Christopher Theofanidis

Born: December 18, 1967, Dallas, Texas

Composed: 2005

Duration: 8 minutes

The composer writes:

When Robert Rumbelow approached me to write a piece for wind ensemble for this wonderful consortium commission, I was really delighted, as I had been thinking of a piece for these forces for some time and was eager to try some o...

February 12, 2018

Kammerkonzert

Berg, Alban

Born: February 9, 1885 – December 24, 1935, Vienna, Austria

Composed: 1923-1925

Duration: 42 minutes

On March 3rd, 2018, UMWO will perform, for the second time since the group's inception, Alban Berg's incredible Chamber Concerto, or Kammerkonzert. This piece is a great example of "Second Viennese" composition in its breadth and intricacy. The piece has a backgroun...

February 1, 2018

Serenade for brass and percussion

Willem van Otterloo

Born: December 27th, 1907, Winterswijk, Netherlands

Died: July 27th, 1978, Melbourne, Australia

Composed: 1944

Duration: 18 minutes

Conductor and composer, Willem van Otterloo was born in Winterswijk, Netherlands and died in Melbourne, Australia. After studying medicine for a time, he went to the Amsterdam Conservatory where he studi...

Danse Funambulesque

Jules Strens

Born: December 5, 1893, Brussels, Belgium

Died: March 19, 1971, Brussels, Belgium

Instrumentation: Chamber Orchestra

Duration: 11 minutes

Composed: 1925

Jules Strens studied violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and for a while he received advice from Paul Gilson in orchestration. In 1926 he became member of the “Synthétistes” group of young progressive...

January 23, 2018

Concerto for Winds and Percussion

Christian Lindberg

Born: February 15, 1958, Danderyd, Sweden

Composed: 2003

Duration: 16 minutes

Christian Lindberg is widely considered to be one of the finest trombone soloists to have ever lived. Born in Danderyd, Sweden (a suburb of Stockholm), he began playing the trumpet in his youth and later took up the trombone as a teenager in order to join a frie...

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