Trendsetters: Music for Wind Band

The versatility of the wind band has been widely recognized throughout Western music.The beginning of the 20th century was no exception.

The versatility of the wind band has been widely recognized and utilized throughout the history of Western music. From broken consorts in the Renaissance to Beethoven’s Janissary music to the modern day marching band, composers have utilized this malleable tone and commanding power to satisfying ends. The beginning of the 20th century was no exception, and that’s why the Peabody Conservatory Wind Band offers four of the century’s best known composers in this style on their latest release Trendsetters: Music for Wind Band.

With selections from Gustav Holst, Paul Hindemith and Joseph Schwantner, this recording reflects some of the finest music written for wind band in the Twentieth Century. Among many band conductors, however, one piece stands alone as an icon of the literature. Percy Grainger’s 1937 Lincolnshire Posy is considered the pinnacle of his folk-music settings. Grainger considered the wind band “a vehicle of deeply emotional expression” that he found unrivaled, and his writing reflected that fact. This tour-de-force is performed beautifully by the Peabody Ensemble under Harlan D. Parker.

Our quick pick this week comes from Cappella Coloniensis. Johann Friedrich Fasch’s instrumental music is highlighted, featuring sinfonias, concerti and the Overture in E minor.

Music Heard On This Episode

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Symphony in B flat: Fugue
Harlan D. Parker/Peabody Conservatory Wind Band — Trendsetters: Music for Wind Band (Naxos Wind Band, 2009)
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Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Symphony in B flat: Fugue
Harlan D. Parker/Peabody Conservatory Wind Band — Trendsetters: Music for Wind Band (Naxos Wind Band, 2009)
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Gustav Holst (1874-1934): First Suite in E flat for Military Band: Intermezzo
Harlan D. Parker/Peabody Conservatory Wind Band — Trendsetters: Music for Wind Band (Naxos Wind Band, 2009)
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Percy Grainger (1882-1961): Lincolnshire Posy: Lord Melbourne
Harlan D. Parker/Peabody Conservatory Wind Band — Trendsetters: Music for Wind Band (Naxos Wind Band, 2009)
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Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758): Overture in E minor
Cappella Coloniensis — Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture; Sinfonias; Concerti (Phoenix Edition, 2009)
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Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758): Sinfonia in G major
Cappella Coloniensis — Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture; Sinfonias; Concerti (Phoenix Edition, 2009)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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