Posts Tagged contemporary music

Piece of the Week – 10/24/2014

This is probably my favorite piece by world-famous contemporary composer Eric Whitacre, composed for wind band or orchestra with optional choir. I hope you enjoy Equus.

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Piece of the Week – 10/17/2014

This one’s for the percussion types. It’s Michael Torke’s work for marimba and orchestra, Mojave.

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Piece of the Week – 10/3/2014

Here’s an interesting composition: a Celtic-style piece for concert band by Michael Sweeney.

Enjoy!

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Pieces of the Week – 9/5&12/2014

Here are the 4th and 5th movements from Penderecki’s 3rd symphony. You may recognize the 4th from Scorsese’s Shutter Island.

Doesn’t the 5th movement sound like the hero’s racing against time but then makes it at the last second?
Now to balance the scale here’s the finale from John Rutter’s Gloria.

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Piece of the Week – 8/8/2014

You’ll either really like or really dislike this guy’s work. Stephen Melillo, I think, is basically the Michael Bay of band composers – he offers a fun ride, but should steer clear of trying to appear profound because he just ends up looking like a douche. Hm? Nah, Mackey’s more the Quentin Tarantino but I see your point.

Here’s a piece of his that’s actually quite good called Wait of the World.

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Piece of the Week – 7/25/2014

Continuing with the work of David Maslanka, here’s perhaps one of his most under-performed works, his Mass for soloists, chorus, and wind symphony. You can listen to it in its entirety here:

http://davidmaslanka.com/works/mass/

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Piece of the Week – 7/18/2014

This week I have for you a symphony by my favorite composer alive today, David Maslanka. This is his second overall, but his first for wind symphony as well as his first in the style that made him famous. You can listen to the whole thing here:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Works+By+Stamp+Krumenauer+and+Maslanka/5072901

I was fortunate enough to see Dr. Maslanka in person a few years ago during my junior year in college. It wasn’t to rehearse anything; the directors had both bands sit in the auditorium while he spoke to us about his composing process. For those of you who are also band geeks: everything you’ve heard about his personality is true. He’s very chill, very soft-spoken, very zen, and kind of eccentric – but it doesn’t matter because he still writes better music than you.
I wasn’t able to meet him when he finished his talk; I looked away for a split second and looked up again to see that three composition majors had instantly materialized right in front of him. I had to grab lunch so I could get to work on time.

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