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A Conductor's Perspective by Andy Pease

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Wind Band Literature takes a close look at the best of the wind band repertoire, from chamber music to huge symphonic works, from beginning band to professional level. It is not a comprehensive repertoire site, but rather a collection of resources compiled and created by conductor Andy Pease.  These are tools to share with students and colleagues to help enhance understanding of what makes the music we play so powerful and meaningful to us.

 

Featured content for Fall 2017:

 

Hartwick College is hosting its first ever High School Honor Band on October 21, 2017!  This group will rehearse for a full day with guest conductor Curt Ebersole, who will lead them through the following repertoire:

Flourish for Wind Band – Ralph Vaughan William (my chance to work with them)

Rippling Watercolors – Brian Balmages

Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo – Malcolm Arnold, arr. John Paynter

The Gallant Seventh – John Philip Sousa

The Hartwick College Wind Ensemble will also perform a “World Tour” on this program:

National Emblem – E. E. Bagley

Salvation Is Created – Pavel Tschesnokoff, arr. Bruce Houseknecht

Colonial Song – Percy Grainger

La Muerte del Angel – Astor Piazzolla, arr. Andrew Pease, featuring Dr. Ana Laura González on flute

Ryukuan Fantasy for Band – Yasuhide Ito

In addition , the Hartwick Wind Ensemble will present “Healing and Understanding” on November 16:

Little Threepenny Music – Kurt Weill

Variation Overture – Clifton Williams

Serenade for Band – Vincent Persichetti (with guest conductor Jonathan Sweet)

Give Us This Day – David Maslanka

 

Meanwhile, I’ll also be working with the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, where I share conducting duties with Scott Rabeler.  Here is the repertoire for our concerts on October 29 and November 19:

Amazing Grace – Frank Ticheli

Shenandoah – Frank Ticheli

Russian Christmas Music – Alfred Reed

Pines of the Appian Way – Ottorino Respighi

Valdres – Johannes Hanssen

Psalm 46 – John Zdechlik

On This Bright Morning – David Maslanka

Suite Francaise – Darius Milhaud

 

Looking for a recap?  Here they are in abundance: Summer 2017Spring 2017Fall 2016Summer 2016Spring 2016Fall 2015Summer 2015Spring 2015Fall 2014Summer 2014Spring 2014Fall 2013Summer 2013Spring 2013Fall 2012Summer 2012,  Spring 2012Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Spring 2011,  Fall 2010.

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    1. Great question – the short answer is that classical music often uses large numbers of people, sometimes over 100 in a single performance. Ensembles that large (and even much smaller groups) need a single leader both to stay together and to develop a common vision of the music, hence the conductor. As for classical music without conductors, I would refer you to any small chamber group (e.g., brass quintet or woodwind quintet), as well as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, a larger group which famously never uses a conductor.

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