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A COMPOSER'S INSIGHT: THOUGHTS, ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY ON CONTEMPORARY MASTERPIECES FOR WIND BAND; VOLUME I

Timothy Salzman, Editor. $29.95
ISBN# 0-634-05827-4

The first in a five-volume series on major contemporary composers and their works for wind band. Included in this initial volume are rare, behind-the-notes perspectives acquired from personal interviews with each composer. An excellent resource for conductor, composer or enthusiast interested in acquiring a richer musical understanding of the composers' training, compositional approach, musical influences and interpretative ideas.

Composers included in the volume are:
Timothy Broege, John Harbison, Alfred Reed, Michael Colgrass, Karel Husa, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Daugherty, Yasuhide Ito, David Stanhope, David Gillingham, Cindy McTee, James Syler

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A COMPOSER'S INSIGHT: THOUGHTS, ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY ON CONTEMPORARY MASTERPIECES FOR WIND BAND; VOLUME II

Timothy Salzman, Editor. $29.95
ISBN# 1-57463-034-2

Composers included in the volume are:
Leslie Bassett, Norman Dello Joio, Hiroshi Hoshina, Libby Larsen, David Maslanka, Nicholas Maw, Francis, McBeth, Ron Nelson, H. Owen Reed, Jan Van der Roost, Gregory Youtz.

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A Counterpoint of Characters: the Music of Michael Colgrass

Jeffrey Boeckman
Germany: VDM Verlag, 2008
ISBN 3-83648-243-6

The music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Michael Colgrass has been commissioned, performed and recorded by major symphony orchestras and noted soloists around the world, and his distinctive voice – steeped in a number of musical histories and styles – has been praised and lauded by critics and audiences alike. Colgrass' "uncanny ability to write accessible music that simultaneously challenges the intellect and stirs the emotions" is the subject of this book. Colgrass' artistic development; the evolution of his work towards "a polyphony of musics"; and his background in acting and theater training are examined at length. Two particular works – Déjà vu and Winds of Nagual – are considered in some detail. Colgrass' recent works have involved fusing the many layers of cultural styles, moving towards a grand synthesis of his "counterpoint of characters."

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A TRIBUTE TO FREDERICK FENNELL

Robert Simon
GIA Publications, Inc. (2004)
7404 S. Mason Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
ISBN 1-57999-472-5

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BEST MUSIC FOR CHORUS AND WINDS

Keith Kinder
Brooklyn: N.Y.; Manhattan Beach Music, 2005
ISBN: 0-931329-12-4

This book annotates approximately 150 outstanding compositions for chorus with accompaniment by wind instruments. In general, only works requiring at least six players up to full band are included; however, three works (by Schubert, Schumann and Stravinsky) that employ horn quartet as accompaniment are reviewed, because of their particularly fine quality and historical importance. Each annotation is in two parts. The first is a concise identifier that includes composer, title, date, publisher, vocal forces, wind scoring, and timing. The second is a descriptive analysis that begins with historical data, proceeds to an appraisal of musical material and style, and concludes with an evaluation of performance difficulties, success as a musical composition and place within the wind/chorus repertoire.

The wind/chorus literature is vast and widely varied. This study reveals that many more "major" composers contributed to it than might have been expected. All those interested in wind and choral conducting will find this annotated listing to be a valuable resource.

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COMPOSERS ON COMPOSING FOR BAND, Vol. I

Mark Camphouse, ed.
Chicago: IL; GIA Publications, Inc., 2002
ISBN: 1-57999-195-5

Includes: Barnes, Broege, Camphouse, Gillingham, Holsinger, Husa, Mahr, McBeth, Sheldon, Stamp, Ticheli

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COMPOSERS ON COMPOSING FOR BAND, Vol. II

Mark Camphouse, ed.
Chicago: IL; GIA Publications, Inc., 2004
ISBN: 1-57999-385-0

Includes: Curnow, deMeij, Giroux, Grantham, Jager, La Plante, Maslanka, Sparke, Whitacre, Wilson Composers on Composing for Band; Vol. I & Vol. II give fresh insight and perspective into the world of music from the ultimate source of its creativity-the composer.

In volume one, eleven of the world's most highly respected band composers share their lives and work. They follow a uniform format in each chapter that culminates with a comprehensive list of their works for band. In addition, the composers give personal perspectives on the creative process, orchestration, commissioning new works, teaching composition, and the future of the wind band. Each composer also lists ten works all band conductors should study and ten composers whose music speaks in especially meaningful ways. Personal life stories round out each chapter. Volume two, picks up where volume one left off, opening the door to the creative genius of ten more composers at the top of their field.

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PERCY GRAINGER: A Pictorial Biography Third Edition

Robert Simon
Ludwig Music Publishing Company (2003)
1044 Vivian Drive
Grafton, OH 44044
Library of Congress Catalogue No. 83-62148
ISBN 0-878975-281-1

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THE AMERICAN WIND BAND: A CULTURAL HISTORY

Richard K. Hansen, Ph.D.
Chicago, Illinois: GIA Publications, 2005; 500 p; $45.00
ISBN Number is 1-57999-467-9
Available through Shattinger Music

The American Wind Band: A Cultural History by musicologist-conductor Richard K. Hansen is the first comprehensive history of the American wind band spanning the centuries of its existence. Part I, Affirmations and Revisions of the Past, chronicles our story from the seminal traditions in the New World to the advances of the twentieth century and today's responses. Part II, The Timetables, identifies major events in the development of the American band and its music, placing them in the context of U.S. history, the related arts in Western civilization and other musical events in America. The foundation of this history rests in new perspectives gained by the passage of time and advancing research of the wind band to American society and the rest of the musical world. Part III, Research: the Hopeful Pursuit of Discovery, provides valuable insights on what research is needed for advancing the art into the future. This section contains the most extensive review of literature published to date.

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THE ART OF EXPRESSIVE PLAYING: A Study in Individual, Small Ensemble and Large Group Performance

Jerry Nowak and Henry Nowak
Carl Fischer, 65 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
Teacher's Manual JB51 - ISBN 0-8258-5660-4 includes CD
Winds and Mallet Percussion - JB52 - ISBN 0-8258-55661-2
Brass and Percussion - JB53 - ISBN0-8258-5662-0

This text is designed to stimulate imagery skills by focusing on the creative process that comes before the musician plays their first note of a phrase. Teaching the concepts in this series to students before they begin to learn repertoire will lead to more student creativity and will save valuable rehearsal time by improving the ensemble's performance. The concepts will also help musicians play off of each other's expressive playing to create a more musical performance. The two student books are identical in content except the unison musical examples are in different keys to accommodate all the wind and brass instruments. There are twelve units in the text: Support Breathing and Ensemble Tuning, Meter and Expressive Phrasing, Applying Phrase Groupings to Technical Exercises, Phrasing Within or Over a Subdivided Pulse, Articulation, Tones of Short Duration, Time, Expressive Dynamics, Melodic Phrasing, Repetition, Ensemble Balance and Expressive Phrasing, and Phrasing Common Accompaniment Patterns.

The text is written to be used with ensembles playing grade 2 1/2 to grade 6 band music. It also may be used with private lessions and small group instruction. As a text exculsively devoted to express phrasing, it would make a contribution to the materials available for college instrumental pedagogy classes. If used as a text book with an instrumental ensemble it makes a excellent measuring tool to evaluate an individual's achievement during the semester.

The Teacher's Manual contains background material for the study and presentation of each chapter. On the CD, each musical example is performed three times: complete, fragmented by subphrases, and complete. In addition to the recorded version, each example in the text is phrased using dotted lines, arrows and other kinds of graphics to indicate the tonal or rhythmic groupings and inflections.

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WIND BAND/ENSEMBLE ANTHOLOGY: FOLK SONGS & DANCES IN WIND BAND CLASSICS, Edited by Robert J. Garofalo (5 volumes)

WIND BAND/ENSEMBLE ANTHOLOGY: FOLK SONGS & DANCES IN WIND BAND CLASSICS, Edited by Robert J. Garofalo (5 volumes)

The anthology is designed to provide conductors with the inspirational source music—folk songs and dances—used by composers in selected wind band/ensemble masterworks. Each volume in the series (to be issued periodically) includes the complete folk music for performance, historical and interpretive notes, and a compact disc recording of the folk music. The folk music scores may be used in conjunction with performances of the composition. Knowing the folk music used by composers in wind band classics can be tremendously useful for interpretation.

Volumes in the series are:
Vol. 1 Folk Songs in OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES by Gordon Jacob and
SEA SONGS by Ralph Vaughan Williams (published 2002)
Vol. 2 Folk Songs in ENGLISH FOLK SONG SUITE by Ralph Vaughan Williams (2013)
Vol. 3 Folk Songs in the SECOND SUITE IN F by Gustav Holst (2011)
Vol. 4 Folk Songs & Dances in Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger (2008)
Vol. 5 Folk Songs in Suite Française by Darius Milhaud (2005)
All volumes are now in print.
For more information and to hear sound clips from the CDs included with Volumes 1-5 visit: www.whirlwind-music.com.

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WINDS OF CHANGE - THE EVOLUTION OF THE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN WIND BAND/ENSEMBLE AND ITS CONDUCTOR

Frank L. Battisti
Meredith Music Publications, 2002
ISBN# 0-634-045229-X

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