Monthly Archives: April 2013

In Defense of Bruckner

  I recently became involved in a discussion on Facebook on the quality of the music of Anton Bruckner. Of course everyone was saying, “Mahler’s better. He embraces everything. Mahler has emotion, Bruckner doesn’t.” First off, are these people retarded? … Continue reading

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History of the Wind Band

The Wind Band (aka Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony or a whole lot of other names) is a relatively young group compared to other performing groups, but its roots go back farther than you might expect. The … Continue reading

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Maslanka: Symphony 9

  Continuing in the tradition of magnificent 9th symphonies, David Maslanka, only a few years ago wrote his 9th. I don’t know of any composer who has written as many large scale symphonic works for band as Maslanka, and no … Continue reading

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RIP: Bud Herseth and Sir Colin Davis

Social media isn’t that bad. If it wasn’t for Facebook I wouldn’t have found out that two amazing musicians had died. Yesterday legendary trumpeter Adolph “Bud” Herseth died peacefully at age 91. Bud played principal trumpet for the Chicago Symphony … Continue reading

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Maslanka: Symphony 2

I recently thought when I was browsing through the internet trying to find (and being unable to find) discussion/opinion on various pieces not deeply entrenched in the public’s ears, “Hey, there may be other people like me, so maybe I … Continue reading

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