Dr. Edward Green is an award-winning composer and music educator, as well as a prolific scholar of music history, music criticism, and Aesthetic Realism. He currently sits on the faculty of both the Manhattan School of Music and the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. The most recent addition to his numerous prizes and awards is his nomination for a 2010 Grammy Award for his Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra in the “Best Classical Contemporary Composition” category.

Overture in E-flat originated during Green’s period as composer-in-residence for the InterSchool Orchestras of New York in 2004-05. After its first performance by the ISO Symphonic Band under the direction of Brian Worsdale, the piece lay dormant for several years. In summer 2009, Green attended a performance of the Columbia Summer Winds in Washington Square Park. After hearing this performance, he contacted their music director, Andy Pease (me), to help revive the Overture in E-flat. Dr. Green and I subsequently worked together to re-orchestrate and expand the piece. This new edition of the piece was premiered by the Columbia University Wind Ensemble on March 7, 2010 and replayed by the Columbia Summer Winds, with some further revamping,during the 2010 season.

Dr. Green has an extensive website that includes his full biography. I recommend exploring the site a good deal. His scholarly articles are probing and very accessible. My favorite so far analyzes the melodies in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific.

Dr. Green’s faculty page at the Manhattan School of Music.

His faculty page at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation.

The ever-evolving MIDI file of the Overture in E-flat, posted 5/11/2010. This is the closest to a “real” recording of this you’re going to get. I promise it’s good and accurate! It begins with a couple seconds of silence, so please be patient when listening.