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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000938.txt from 2004/10

From: Adam Michlin <amichlin@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] The History of Wind Bands
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 21:11:40 -0400

A wonderful book on the history of wind bands:

"The Winds of Change" by Frank Battisti, Meredith Music Publications (2002)

Including a reference to our very own Daniel Leeson on Pg. 179 amongst a
list of conductors described as "the most diligent, consistent searchers
for and programmers of wind band music of serious artistic merit."

After reading this book you will understand why the only consistency in
instrumentation among wind band compositions is inconsistency. If you blow
into some of the instruments and (optionally) you hit some the instruments
and you don't have violins, violas and cellos, you probably have a wind
band of some kind.

-Adam

At 05:30 PM 10/30/2004 -0700, dnleeson wrote:
>I must bring to your attention a very excellent work for a large
>wind ensemble and written by Beethoven. It's a set of variations
>also found in Wellington's victory. AS I remember it calls for
>brass, winds, and percussion but it has been at least 30 years
>since I played it. So your basic premise of there being NO
>Beethoven for band is flawed, though the band cannot compare in
>size with a large university group. Still...

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