Posts Tagged wind ensemble

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 – 10/10/2014

Sorry it’s late again.
About 2-1/2 years ago, I had the privilege of hearing this piece live and conducted by the composer himself. In his introduction, he noted that the piece features an alternation between slow, heavenly music, to represent light, and fast, intense, dissonant music to represent darkness. I hope you enjoy Frank Ticheli’s masterful work for soprano and wind symphony, Angels in the Architecture.

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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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Piece of the Week – 9/26/2014

Here’s a sample from one of the USA’s more famous band composers, the Fanfare for a New Era by Jack Stamp.

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Piece of the Week – 9/19/2014

Here’s a piece for wind symphony by the great Philip Sparke. Enjoy!

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Pieces of the Week – 8/15,22,29/2014

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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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