#91– April 19, 2021 DANIEL D’ADAMO (1966) NUITS-CASSATION for 18th-century wind instruments https://soundcloud.com/user-642642570-907922214/nuits-cassation-by-daniel-dadamo Nuits-Cassation by Argentinian composer Daniel D’Adamo is our Composition of the Week. Nuits-Cassation uses the famous wind ensemble setting of Mozart’s Grand Partita, but more strikingly, it requires period instruments to tackle with aesthetics of the 21st century. Even though the etymology of the musical term cassation is uncertain, works using this title were common, especially in southern Germany, Austria and Bohemia in the mid-to-later part of the eighteenth century. The cassation is related to the serenade and the divertimento, and even to the nocturne, as a set [...]
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#90– April 12, 2021 ARMANDO BAYOLO (1973) LAST BREATHS for Baritone and Wind Ensemble https://soundcloud.com/user-642642570-907922214/sets/wasbe-composition-of-the-2 Last Breaths, by Puerto Rican-American composer Armando Bayolo is our Composition of the Week. “Last Breaths set the last words of six young men killed by police in the last ten years. I hope it honors their memories in some small way, and it is to those memories, along with countless others’, that this work is dedicated.” Last Breaths has a duration of approximately 10 minutes, and it is composed of seven very short movements. Those last words form the text and musical inspiration for each [...]
#89– April 05, 2021 PAUL HINDEMITH (1895 - 1963) SYMPHONY in B-flat In celebration of the 70th anniversary of its premiere, April 5, 1951. Hindemith conducts Hindemith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TFwFRXr0fo The famous Symphony in B-flat for Concert Band by German composer Paul Hindemith is our Composition of the Week. The symphony was written at the request of Lt. Col. Hugh Curry, leader of the United States Army Band, and it was premiered by the “Pershing’s Own” on April 5, 1951, under Paul Hindemith himself. Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of a work that has become a cornerstone of the wind band repertoire. [...]
#88– March 29, 2021 Photo Credit: Phil Parsons VIET CUONG (1990) BULL’S-EYE for Chamber Winds https://soundcloud.com/user-642642570-907922214/sets/bulls-eyes-viet-cuong Bull’s-eye by American composer Viet Cuong is our Composition of the Week. Bull’s-eye was written in 2019 after a commission by a consortium of ten universities and organizations led by Nils Landsberg and the University of Kansas. The work is orchestrated for chamber winds and uses the following instrumentation: piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone quartet, trumpet, horn, piano and 2 percussions. Bull’s-eye has a duration of 11 minutes and it is published by Viet Cuong Music. Other works for Wind Ensemble by [...]
#87– March 22, 2021 Photo Credit : Vincent Tullo NED ROREM (1923) SINFONIA for Fifteen Wind Instruments (with Optional Percussion and Piano) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9f3LR6MqJQ Sinfonia by American composer and writer Ned Rorem is our Composition of the Week. Ned Rorem's Sinfonia was written in 1957 as the first commission for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Robert Austin Boudreau. “This brief symphony for brass, woodwinds and optional percussion counterposes a pair of lively and playful scherzi against a pair of lyrical and meditative slow movements. Composed not long after the composer's return to New York from France, the [...]
PANIC a dithyramb for alto saxophone, jazz drummer, wind, brass and percussion by Sir Harrison Birtwistle (GB, 1934)Markus Mauderer2021-03-14T20:02:39+01:00
#86– March 15, 2021 Photographer Credit: Philip Gatward Sir HARRISON BIRTWISTLE (1934) PANIC a dithyramb for alto saxophone, jazz drummer, wind, brass and percussion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdUsn3Id77s PANIC by British composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle is our Composition of the Week. PANIC is a concertante work for alto saxophone, drums and ensemble written in 1995, in response to John Drummond’s request for a work to be performed at the Last Night of the Proms in his last season as director. The Proms is a very famous eight-week summer festival with daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually in the [...]
#85– March 08, 2021 MICHAEL GILBERTSON (1987) VIGIL for Wind Ensemble https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzLFJw1kX4c Vigil by American composer Michael Gilbertson is our Composition of the Week. Vigil was originally written for symphony orchestra in 2007. It was inspired by the vespers services of the Russian church. The work was the recipient of the 2007 Palmer-Dixon Prize as well as the ASCAP Morton Gould Award. In 2010 Gilbertson was commissioned by a consortium led by the Ohio State University to write the Wind Ensemble version. Both versions have a duration of 10 minutes. The setting for winds calls for a large ensemble including piano. [...]
One of Japan's preeminent conductors, Yoshihiro Kimura has earned worldwide respect for both his remarkable interpretive skills and his outstanding transcriptions for wind orchestra. His many recording credits are regarded as definitive reference sources, and he has a long association with his country's professional band scene. A product of the Osaka College of Music, Kimura studied clarinet with Shinjiro Nakao, Yukio Ohashi and Rudolf Jettel, and trained for conducting with Takashi Asahina. After joining the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band in 1962, he served as Concert Master, Associate Conductor, and in 1985, permanent Conductor of one of the few professional wind ensembles [...]
#84– March 01, 2021 WILLEM VAN OTTERLOO (1907 - 1978) SYMPHONIETTA for Wind Instruments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MA-ltJOLZo Symphonietta by Dutch composer Willem van Otterloo is our Composition of the Week. This four-movement work - played without pause- was written in 1943 and published by Donemus in 1948. A new digital version available to purchase was prepared by the same edition in 2013. Symphonietta has a duration of around 16 minutes, and it is scored for the following instrumentation: 3(picc).3 (E.Hrn).3 (BCl).3 (DBsn)/4000 Willem van Otterloo did not envision a career as a conductor from the outset. However, this is how he has become [...]
The Wind Ensemble Laboratory (PN.O.E.S.) of the Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia, in collaboration with the “Hellenic Philharmonic Society” and the “Friends of Nikos Astrinidis Association” are organizing the 6th International Conference of Hellenic Symphonic Bands titled “Wind Ensembles: historical retrospect, journey and transition in times of pandemic” in the city of Thessaloniki, between 25 and 27 of June 2021. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: PAPERS, SEMINARS & CONCERTS 2021 will be a turning point regarding the function of symphonic bands, various wind ensembles, and the instructional methods for wind and percussion instruments in general. The existing pandemic has [...]