Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Great Listening Party

Our annual listening party is back and is the last one of this semester if I am not wrong.

The class started by Prof. Manning playing us German Brass live performance of  John Baston, arr. Matthias Höfs, "Allegro" aus Konzert in D-Dur. The German Brass is still the German Brass. The ensemble playing is just as neat as always. No further explanation needed. Enjoy!

Kenken was the first volunteer. He played for us, Anthony O’Toole – Elegy for Brass and Percussion.
Anthony O'Toole is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University. He composes music for different type of instrumentation but his majority are for Wind Band.

Elegy for Brass and Percussion, O'Toole said "This work is an adaptation of another work of mine (Pastorale) which I did for the 15th anniversary of 9-11. Premiered by the Southern California Brass Consortium, Hector Salazar conducting."

Please follow this LINK for the recording!

Marc gave us Alfred Reed’s Symphony no. 1 for Brass and Percussion (4 trumpets 2 cornets 4 horns 4 trombones 4 euphoniums 2 tubas 5 percussions) performed by Hora Decima. For winds and percussion players, we all know how much Alfred Reed contribute to those instruments. This symphony is declared Symphony no.1 when he passed away few years ago.  

Here you go!

chose Sandor Balogh’s Weltreise performed by Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble (for 5 trumpets, 1 horn, 3 trombones, 1 baritone, 1 tuba, percussion and a moderator). Balogh is a member of Budapest Festival Orchestra in Hungary. According to Budapest Festival Orchestra's website. "He pursues a wide-ranging activity also as a composer. He has orchestrated and arranged a lot of compositions of lighter music to different instrumental groups, ranging from string quartet to symphony orchestra. As a composer he won several prizes at international competitions of radio stations: 1995 Monte Carlo - 1st prize, 1997 Brno - 2nd prize, 2001 Shanghai - 3rd prize".

According to the Digital Concert Hall's program this piece is "...Together with the musicians you can roam countries both near and far, from Austria to Japan, and from Argentina to the United States. In each country there are characteristic sounds and melodies, arranged and composed by Sándor Balogh [which become Weltreise (German means World Travel)]..."

The performance was part of the educational/family concert by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This concert is archived and anybody can access to this concert without any charge HERE. I think this shows how music is involving and trying to keep up with the world.

Anna played for us Eric Ewalzen’s Shadowcatcher for Brass quintet and wind ensemble. This recording is performed by the Western Brass Quintet which comprise of faculty from Western Michigan University with Western Michigan University Wind Ensemble. (Anna was playing with the wind ensemble which was recorded in 2013!) 

There are four movements in this piece: I. Offering to the Sun, II. Among the Aspens, III. The Vanishing Race, and IV. Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon.

Please follow this LINK for the Western Brass Quintet recording. If you don't have Spotify, YouTube does have a recording by American Brass Quintet and Julliard Wind Ensemble. Here is the first movement!

Caleb played for us, Lansing McLoskey’s Madding Crowd for brass quintet performed by Triton Brass. This piece comprise of six miniature movements which entitled I. Intro, II. Part 1., III. Part 2, IV. Part 3, V, Part 4, and VI. Part 5. Each instrument of the brass quintet are featured in each movement (part) of this piece. It was commissioned by Triton Brass and was premiered in 2007 at Tanglewood Institute.

It is a really good contemporary for brass quinete, I thought! Here is the example of the piece!

Evan was the last person who presented today! - Henri Tomasi's Suite for Three Trumpets. This suite was composed in 1964. The three movements are I. Tempo di Habanera, II. Len égéen and III. Danse Bolivienne. 

Here is the 3rd movement.

While searching for above videos, this came up. It's a video recording of Philip Cobb, principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass Ensemble. Philip Cobb is back on cornet, the instrument he started with!

Have a great day!

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