Suitable for advanced bands. Duration
approximately 18 minutes. See orchestration.
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performances. See Audio Samples.
About Symphony for Band
Butler University Wind Ensemble
Symphony for Band could be easily subtitled
"Passages", as this work represents the passages of life that
most of us travel through during our lifetimes. The first movement
is representative of the carefree nature of childhood and is in the normal
sonata allegro form.
The second movement is more somber in nature and represents the loss of
a loved one. The famous sonnet by John Donne entitled "Death,
Be Not Proud" embodies the tone of this second movement. The
composer dedicates this movement to the memory of his parents.
The final movement of this work is by far the most intense. In
everyone's life there are moments that challenge us to our core
beliefs. The opening section to this final movement represents such
challenges and threats with the opening unison trumpet theme. The
form of this final movement is basically a theme and variations and
culminates in one's triumph over life with a major tonality statement.
This work was commissioned by a Consortium of Bands organized by Robert
Grechesky, Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Butler
University. In addition to Butler's participation the commission
included the following individuals and their organizations: Harvey
Benstein, Campolindo High School; Gary Ciepluch, Case Western Reserve
University; Craig Paré, DePauw University; Mike Niemec, Hamilton
Southeastern High School; Stephen Pratt, Indiana University; Frank
Tracz, Kansas State University; Randy Greenwell and Matt James, Lawrence
Central High School; Thomas McCauley, Montclair State University; Russ
Mikkelson, Ohio State University; Jay Gephart, Purdue University; James
Spinazzola, University of Indianapolis; Carolyn Barber, University of
Nebraska; and Scott Teeple, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Performances were done by the above mentioned consortium
members and the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Indiana Band
Masters Association, and Western Michigan University.
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