Monthly Archives: October 2012

David Maslanka: Meditation and Concert Band

  David Maslanka is probably one of the biggest names in band music today, with Ticheli, Mackey, and Whitacre (who is by far, the most handsome, maybe the most attractive serious musician ever, but I digress). But I think he … Continue reading

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A Players Guide for Keeping Conductors in Line

My band director showed the band this my freshman year. He said that this was the first time ┬áthat the majority of these things have happened in the same year. Although it’s directed at orchestra’s, it’s still funny. My personal … Continue reading

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View from the Audience: US Marine Band

So I got my first ever chance to ever really go fanboy last night. I saw the United States frickin’ Marine Band. As a lover of band music, this was like a pilgrimage for me. The rest of the audience … Continue reading

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Gergiev + Mahler = <3

I have the score to Mahler 2 on loan from the local university’s score library, and it’s due in the next couple of weeks and I hadn’t listened to it in a while, so I figured i’d go on youtube … Continue reading

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Number 9, Number 9

Everyone and their cat knows about the stigma behind a composer’s 9th Symphony. It should be one of the composer’s crowning achievements , long, and really powerful and deep. Of course it started with that guy: Ol’ Ludwig. But really … Continue reading

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Mahler 6: The Tragic Symphony

As great as a work Mahler’s sixth symphony is, I’m not sure if I was a conductor I would want to program it. The ending is so bleak and pessimistic. Not the kind of piece that should be used to … Continue reading

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