TLU Band Concert "A Musical Bouquet"
Friday, November 16, 2012
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jackson Auditorium
A Musical Bouqet
Friday, November 16
7:30 p.m. Jackson Auditorium
TLU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, conducted by Professor Beth Bronk
Symphonic Band will open the concert with Music from Tombstone by Brice Broughton, arranged by Ted Ricketts, conducted by ensemble associate Ian Nutting. The 1933 western film Tombstone tells the story of the gunfight at the O.K Corral. While the movie met with limited success, Broughton's soundtrack has become a classic.
The second selection is Donald Grantham's Spangled Heavens. This three-movement work is another in a series of the composer's works based on shape note music. In three movements, the first movement is based on "Holy Manna", featuring three contrasting presentations of the tune. The second movement, "Restoration", begins with a freely-composed melody that yields to the shape note tune. Movement three employs two contrasting but complementary songs: "Sweet Canaan" and "Saints Bound for Heaven." The two tunes alternate throughout the movement, ending in a combination of the two.
Mojaves Claves, by James Barnes, is a light, fun, Latin-flavored selection, often performed as an encore. This closing number will be conducted by Ian Nutting, and features the percussion section.
The Wind Ensemble will begin with a new commission, Sinfonietta
, by James Syler, who has been on the faculty at UTSA since 2001.
This single movement work is written in three sections: A) the opening motive in the timpani that transitions into a lyrical 12-tone theme developed by way of a "spiraling fugue", B) sparkling keyboard percussion highlight bassoon and oboe melodies, and C) an allegro fugue based on the opening theme, but written in 7/4 time, culminating in a restatement of the opening them that grows in intensity and weight to the end.
Syler writes, "
A sinfonietta is a small symphony. Because this is a traditional form with roots dating back to the Baroque, I felt challenged to find a way to connect the form’s historical past with techniques and sounds of today. In this sense its design is postmodern. By focusing on linear writing, counterpoint, fugue, and thematic development, I employed old techniques, yet at the same time incorporated techniques of today like a 12-tone theme, a reinvented fugue, a one movement form, and static harmonies. What binds the past and present is a reliance on thematic development and organic procedures where ideas grows out of previous ones."
Outstanding young composer Michael Markowski wrote City Trees. Reflecting on the bravery it took for him to leave his home state of Arizona to move to New York, he shares, "Every time I walk down a street in New York, I notice the trees shackled by the sidewalk. Some have little fences around them, many have trash nestled up next to their exposed roots, and others have grown so big and become so strong that they have broken right through the concrete pavement… For me, City Trees is a reflection of the bravery that it often takes to venture into new worlds, embrace other cultures, and lovingly encourage new ideas." In addition to his works for Wind Ensemble, Markowski has written for orchestra chamber ensembles, film, theater, and experimental ensembles. The TLU Wind Ensemble is pleased to present this World Premiere of City Trees.
The concert will close with Percy Grainger's masterpiece Lincolnshire Posy, a musical bouquet in six movements, each characterizing a different folksong and the folksingers he heard perform it. Movements include "Lisbon" (Sailor's Song), "Horkstow Grange" (The Miser and his Man: A local Tragedy), "Rufford Park Poachers" (Poaching Song), "The Brisk Young Sailor" (returned to wed his True Love), "Lord Melbourne" (War Song), and "The Lost Lady Found" (Dance Song). Each is a "musical portrait of the singer's personality no less than of his habits of song, his regular or irregular wonts of rhythm, his preference for gaunt or ornately arabesque delivery, his contrasts of legato and staccato, his tendency towards breadth or delicacy of tone."
Please join us for this outstanding evening of music!
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