Our Director Emeritus, Chuck Boody is returning to the podium for one last concert. ‘Sources’ is a celebration of the music at the foundations of band music.
“The orchestra developed over time essentially in one way, from a string group to the large
orchestra of today,” says Director Emeritus, Chuck Boody. “And it developed essentially from one general use: Music for church and for the aristocracy…only later becoming a public institution. As such, it’s repertoire developed mostly from music written specifically for it.
“The wind band developed a different way. From the start it was outside music in most instances. There were, of course small wind ensembles, but even those were often outside music. Mozart reports being awakened by one of his wind serenades being played outside his window. So, much of the early music was utilitarian in content. marches, patriotic works and similar things. There was no central repertoire developed for it. When the wind band became a popular group in the latter part of the 19th century groups had to draw their music from sources external to a central repertoire. The intent of the groups was different too. Touring groups like the Sousa Band played many transcriptions of orchestral works because they saw as part of their purpose bringing “great music” to the masses.
“This concert explores some of the sources commonly used by wind bands including folk songs,
transcriptions from voices or other instrumental groups, marches, programmatic pieces that
might be original or transcriptions, or, starting in the early 20th century serious works actually
created for wind band. It by no means includes all such sources. There are, for example, no
pop songs or collections of music from broadway or the movies. Still the program provides a
diverse look at where today’s concert bands get their music.”
Our concert will be on Friday, March 24 at the Sanford Middle School auditorium in Minneapolis. Our performance begins at 7:30 PM in the auditorium. Suggested donations are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 students and children.
- First Suite in E Flat for Military Band by Gustav Holst
- Country Gardens by Percy Aldridge Grainger
- Feierlicher Einzug by Richard Strauss and arranged by Chuck Boody
- Hobbits by Johan de Meij
- Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre
- National Emblem March by Edwin Bagley
- America the Beautiful by Samuel Augustus Ward
- Italian Polka by Sergei Rachmaninoff
- Amparito Roca by Jaime Texidor
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