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1981

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR

SYMPHONIC BANDS & WIND ENSEMBLES REPERTOIRE

AT THE ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC, MANCHESTER UK

Tim Reynish June 2016

Chairman Frank Battisti

Executive Director Bill Johnson

Organised by the College Band Directors National Association and supported by:

Music Educators National Conference National Band Association

American School Band Directors Association Canadian Band Directors Association

Women Band Directors National Association Music Industry Council

The Instrumentalist The School Musician, Director and Teacher




A NEW REPERTOIRE FROM THE EIGHTIES

Suffice it to say that for many of us, that week in 1981 was seminal, and certainly it changed my entire life. Some pieces from 1981 still remain in my top “non-core” repertoire (see article on Not the Core Repertoire). I have never wanted to hear Londonderry Air arranged Sammy Nestico again, nor Humpety Jump, but it was great to hear the virtuoso Vallflickens Dance by Alven in 1981 and again in 2003 at WASBE Sweden; after 35 years someone must have published it by now. Sadly no wind band version on Youtube, but one for saxophone quartet and one for orchestra; what a great piece.

HERD MAIDEN’S DANCE for orchestra by Hugo Alven

THE TEST OF A NEW WORK FOR ME

I remember going to the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958 and spending time in the Phillips exhibition designed by Le Corbusier, with its montage of light and colour to accompany the Poème Électronique by Varèse. Thirty years later I heard a recording, and many of those events and sounds came flooding back. That for me is the test of a work, whether I can recall events and structures over the years. Here is a list of new works which made an impression on me in 1981, some I heard for the first time, some premiered in Manchester.

FIRST THIRTEEN FROM THE CONFERENCE OF 1981

Asuka

Tetsunosuke Kushida

Concertino for Brass and Percussion

Gerhard Präsent

Divertimento for Brass and Percussion  

Ivan Erod

Dionysiaques

Florent Schmitt

Dreams of a Psychopath

Mike Francis

Epigrams for soprano & clarinet choir

Stephen Dodgson

Fanfare & Chorale

Egil Hovland

Herd Maiden’s Dance

Hugo Alven

Metamorphoses

Edward Gregson

Parade

Bengt Hambraeus

Sinfonietta di Soffiatori

Geir Tveitt

Sinfonietta no 4

Karl Hardmayer

Symphony of Winds

Derek Bourgeois

SCANDINAVIA

Both Norwegian bands played typical community programmes, though Sagene introduced us to the Fanfare and Choral by Hovland, a useful alternate to the Shostakovich Festive Overture, and Bispehaugen introduced us to the Grieg Funeral March and Sinfonietta di Soffiatori by Tweit alongside Humpty Jump and Jalouise and Londonderry Air arranged Sammy Nestico. The Tweitt has recently been recorded by Clark Rundell and the RNCM and should, with the Hovland and Grieg, be more widely played. The Gothenberg programme included the brilliant virtuosic tour de force Herd Maiden’s Dance from the Mountain King by Alven, heard also in Sweden, and Parade by Hambraeus which I remember impressed me at the time.

AMERICA

Another popular programme came from United States Collegiate Wind Band, with tunes from Cole Porter and Broadway shows, marches and one major piece new to us in UK, H. Owen Reed’s La Fiesta Mexicana.

Other performances which stay in the memory were the especially commissioned Symphony of Winds by Derek Bourgeois; like Dionysiaques, now in a splendid new edition by Felix Hauswirth, this is a virtuoso work well worth reviving. It is perhaps a little sentimental in the slow movement, but huge fun in the spoof march that is the finale.

Universities from Colorado and West Virginia played striking works by Dahl, Hindemith, Mike Francis and Chance. It was the repertoire and level of performance by the three American University wind ensembles that led me to go to USA in 1983 to look at the wind band training and repertoire.

SYMPHONY OF WINDS by Derek Bourgeois

UK AND OTHER GROUPS

Surrey County Wind gave us a first hearing of Gregson’s Metamorphoses, and the British Youth Wind Orchestra played selections from several of their commissions including which I had forgotten about but have been searching for, Concerto for Wind Orchestra by David Morgan. For those interested in Harry Legge’s commissions, I have lodged many of the scores with the Royal College of Music library, including this one. Listening again to a cassette of their concert, I fell in love with Epigrams from a Garden for soprano and clarinet choir by Stephen Dodgson, a really impressive work for this combination.

Many of the programmes are lost in my memory in the blur of the excitement of 35 years ago, but one outstanding work from the Japan High School was Asuka by Kushida; this I found a sensitive work, without the homage to Hollywood that so afflicts so much Japanese wind music.

ASUKA by Kushida

Outstanding works from Graz for chamber brass were by Praesent and Erod, and the other chamber ensemble, from Stockholm, gave a fascinating programme which included music from Drottingholm, introducing us to the mysteries of the luur.

Both BASBWE and WASBE were conceived and born during the Conference, and the past thirty five years have been a constant voyage of discovery in repertoire.

PROGRAMMES

ALL JAPAN HIGH SCHOOL BAND - director Eiichi Tohyama
Concert March - Prosperous Ikuma Dan
Collage on Folk Songs of NE Japan Tetsunosuke Kushida
Hanamatsuri Kiyoshige Koymama
Metamorphosis Kenjira Urata
Asuka Tetsunosuke Kushida
In Autumn Sky Yoichi Kamioka

SAGENE JANITSJARKORPS, OSLO - conductor Tom Skjellum
Fanfare and Chorale Egil Hovland
Norwegian Carnival Svendsen arr Godfrey
Capriccio Espagnol Rimsky-Korsakov arr Winterbottom
Symphony for Band No 1 Clade T Smith
Berceuse op 38 Grieg arr Skjellum

STADTJUGENDMUSIK ZURICH - conductor Felix Hauswirth
Frohliches Vorspiel Guid Faessler
Overture for Band Hans Moeckel
Symphonic Poem "Suworow" Jean Daetwyler
Wettstein March Hermann Suter
De Rassli Urban Stoob
Fulenbacher trad
Old Goldau trad
Sechselavzen March trad

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, BOULDER - conductor Alan McMurray
Canzona Duodecimi Toni Giovanni Gabrieli
Evangelion Richard Toensing
Partita op 57 Krommer
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Winds Igmar Dahl
Three Theatre Pieces Charles Ives
Country Band March Charles Ives
Irish Tune Percy Grainger
Shepherd's Hey Percy Grainger
Thunder and Blazes Fucik

BRITISH YOUTH WIND ORCHESTRA - conductor Harry Legge
Suite no 2 in F Major Gustav Holst
Concerto for Wind Orchestra David Morgan
Scenes from an Imaginary Ballet Graham Williams
Symphony no 8 for Wind Orchestra Wilfred Josephs
Epigrams from a Garden, soprano and clarinet choir Stephen Dodgson
Processiones Leonard Salzedo

SURREY COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA conductors David Hamilton & Edward Gregson
William Tell Overture Rossini
Prelude "Rhosymedre" Vaughan Williams
Fantasia for Euphonium and Wind Band Gordon Jacob
*Coriolan - Symphonic Poem Frigyes Hidas
Metamorphosis for Symphonic Wind Ensemble Edward Gregson
Finale from Symphony no 5 Shostakovich

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE - conductor David Whitwell
Tunbridge Fair Walter Piston
The Florentiner March Julius Fucik
*Symphony of Winds Derek Bourgeois
Theme and Variations Schoenberg
Dionysiaques Florent Schmitt
Black Horse Sousa
Stars and Stripes for Ever Sousa

GOTHENBERG SYMPHONIC BAND - conductor Birger Jarl
Estrella de Soria Berwald arr Akerberg
En Halsingersagen Curt Larsson
Vallflickans dans us "Bergakungen" Alven arr Birger
Fantasi Lofgren arr Birger
Parade Bengt
Liten Serenade for Blasorkester Hans Eklund
March Italia

BLASERKREIS DER HOCHSCHULE FUR MUSIK UND DARSTELLENDE KUNST - Hans Meister
Variations Valdemar Bloch
Concertino for Brass and Percussion Gerhard Prasent
Sinfonietta No 4 Karl Haidmayer
Ballade for Brass and Percussion Frank Cibulka
Divertimento for Brass and Percussion Ivan Erod

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE - conductor Don Wilcox
Konzertmusik fur Blasorchester Paul Hindemith
Sinfonia V, Symphonia Sacra et Profana Timothy Broege
Dreams of a Psychopath Mike Francis
Colonial Song Percy Grainger
March Electric Creatore arr Falcone
Washington Grays Grafulla
Honey Boys on Parade Cupero
Elegy John Barnes Chance
The Wind and the Lion Goldsmith arr Davis

BISPEHAUGEN UNSDOMSKORPS - conductor Sigmunn Ofstad
DR 3's Honormars Erling Mostad
Entra Festiva op 60 Knut Nystedt
Norwegian Rhapsody Svendsen arr Winterbottom
Jalousie Gade arr Krance
Londonderry Air arr Sammy Nestico
The Blue Roar arr Bob Lowden
Kronprins Olav's Honnormarsji Borg arr Mellemberg

UNITED STATES COLLEGIATE WIND BAND - conductor Gladys Wright
Supreme Command Vivian Dunn
Second American Folk Rhapsody Clare Grundman
La Fiesta Mexicana H Owen Reed
Valse Musette Poulenc arr Bashford
Excerpt from "Lohengrin" Richard Wagner
His Honor March Henry Fillmore
A Symphonic Portrait Cole Porter arr Robinson
Marching Down Broadway arr Warren Barker