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Piece of the Week – 12/19/2014

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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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Pieces of the Week – 8/15,22,29/2014

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Piece of the Week – 8/1/2014

It’s a little late this time…but I’ve got one more David Maslanka piece for you – this is one of his latest works, the 9th Symphony for narrator and wind band. As with many of Maslanka’s works, this symphony draws its melodies from hymns and Bach chorales.

http://davidmaslanka.com/works/symphony-no-9-2011-75/

Next week I’ll move on to someone else.

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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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Piece of the Week – 5/23/2014

This week’s Piece of the Week is one of Philip Glass’ (somewhat?) better-known works, the 4th Symphony. Also known as the “Heroes Symphony,” the 4th is based on songs by British pop star David Bowie.

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Piece of the Week – 4/4/2014

Happy late 4/4/14!  Continuing with the music of Hovhaness (someone who, no doubt, would delight in this numerical lineup), here’s one of his lesser-known works, the Symphony no. 46, “To the Green Mountains.”

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