Winds of Change: American Music for Wind Ensemble

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Winds of Change: American Music for Wind Ensemble 52:59 $11.98
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1 Pageant for Band, Op. 59 07:34 44.1/16 Album only
2 Expansions 08:28 44.1/16 Album only
3 Verticals Ascending 09:43 44.1/16 Album only
4 Concert for Alto Saxophone - I. Moderato 07:33 44.1/16 Album only
5 Concert for Alto Saxophone - II. Allegro energico 05:58 $1.49 Buy
6 Symphonic Songs for Band - I. Serenade 04:01 $1.49 Buy
7 Symphonic Songs for Band - II. Spiritual 05:24 $1.49 Buy
8 Symphonic Songs for Band - III. Celebration 04:18 $1.49 Buy

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A welcome appearance on disc of some of the finest American music for wind ensemble from the 1950s to the 1970s that demonstrates the evolution of the wind band as a vehicle for "serious" composition. The five compositions represent a wide cross-section of styles and composers. Pageant is a prime example of
Vincent Persichetti's lasting contribution to the genre--a warm, expressive piece written in a rich harmonic idiom. Hale Smith's Expansions is cut from a decidedly darker cloth--a dark drama of muted colors that makes extensive use of tone clusters. Henry Brant's Verticals Ascending, inspired by the Rodia Towers in the Watts section of Los Angeles, is scored for two separated bands and illustrates the composer's trademark "spatial music in temporal polyphony." The different meters and distinct instrumental character of each band combine to create a colorful and intricate polyphonic web. Ross Lee Finney's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra of Wind Instruments utilizes large and varied forces to sculpt a work that tests the virtuosity of both soloist and ensemble without sacrificing transparency of texture. Robert Russell Bennett, best known as an arranger of Broadway musicals, contibutes the program's closing work--Symphonic Songs for Band, a three movement suite by turns witty, cheerful, warm, relaxed, high-spirited and always tuneful.