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Abstract The Heritage Band of the Midwest (HBM), also know as the “Bunny Band,” is an all-volunteer ensemble of musicians that gather once a year during Easter week for three days to record an album of lesser-known wind band music with a traditional 19th century instrumentation. The story surrounding the…
Five Mangled Expressions was written in just eleven days between April 8th and May 6th of 2012. Saxophonist Stacy Maugans commissioned this work to collaborate with her new colleague, hornist Ericka Tyner Grodrian, on the occasion of her hire at Valparaiso University. The two premiered the piece at the International…
British oboist Léon Goossens (1897-1988) is credited with reestablishing the oboe as a solo instrument and elevating its status after it fell out of favor in the nineteenth century. Romantic composers preferred the facility and tone of the flute and clarinet to the unwieldy oboe, leading to a scarcity of…
John Cage, among the most influential inventors of music during the twentieth century, gained notoriety for his thoughts and experiments with indeterminate music, electroacoustic music and unconventional use of musical instruments. He never completed a formal education, dabbling briefly in theology studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He left…
This is the premier recording of Sonata No. 2 by Larry Warkentin. The composer served for many years as chair of music at Fresno Pacific University in California. Warkentin and I planned a project together in which I would perform his new piece on the campus of his institution. Our…
Program notes by Bradley Wilbur In tackling Ary van Leeuwen’s Pan’s Lament (1935), Assimakopoulos identified phrasing as her crucial task. “Holding the piece together and capturing a sense of line seemed to take extra work,” she says, “but I think there is a rationale for what I took at first…
Program notes by Bradley Wilber The debt to “Syrinx” mounts as we advance through the decades. Benjamin Boone’s title Wood Nymph of Nonacris (1989) is another reference to Syrinx; Nonacris is the locale where Pan and Syrinx crossed paths and is mentioned by name in Ovid’s Metamorphosis. The piece is…
The Chaconne, as a through-composed work of art, is simply perfect. It contains nothing extraneous; there is no trial and error. Every note is purposeful, creating the right momentary effect and contributing concisely to the development of large-scale drama. Busoni’s arrangement draws upon the power, resonance, and polyphonic capabilities of…