Some assume that the phrase “the luck of the Irish” means that all Irish have good luck. Others remember that the Irish had terrible luck with the potato blight and famine shook Ireland in the late 1800s. Today, with symbology like the four-leaf clover and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the image of the Irish’s luck is far more positive. Let’s enjoy the luck and the magic of the Irish spirit on this episode of Wind & Rhythm.
Irish Folk Suite J.L. Molloy, arr. Kevin Kaska Hollywood Epic Brass, Kevin Kaska Celtic Prayers Fergus O'Carrol Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Liam Daly Irish Fantasy Marc Jeanbourquin The Midwest Winds, Don Golando The Irish Blessing Joyce Ellers Bacak, arr. Stephen Bradnum Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, Garry Cutt Variations on St. Patrick’s Breastplate Dwayne Milburn Keystone Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Rose, Shamrock & Thistle John Philip Sousa Royal Artillery Band, Keith Brion Irish Tune from County Derry - Elastic Scoring Version Percy Grainger North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
When composers begin a new composition, they start with a foundation of genre, motifs, voicing, structure, meter, and key. While what they create on top that foundation is uniquely their own, the finished work is often a reflection of their experiences and learned heritage from their mentors and teachers.
This episode of Wind & Rhythm reflects on the excellence of the best cornerstones and foundations of the wind band literature.
Elegy John Barnes Chance Illinois State Wind Symphony, Stephen Steele William Byrd Suite Gordon Jacob North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Armenian Dances (Part II) Alfred Reed University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Dr. Harry Begian Chorale and Alleluia Howard Hanson US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham
I stood up in front of them without a prepared speech; it was improv. Those in the room were some of the most celebrated professionals in the conducting arts, and I was their biggest fan. Their ensembles routinely performed the most challenging wind band literature, with the utmost perfection; a testament to their podium talents. I, on the other hand, had never held a baton, nor had I had any formal conducting training. Even so, they invited me into their inner circle, as a partner. Perhaps they expected a polished, confident, ready-for-NPR segment. Instead, they heard me say, in a halting voice, that they were, simply, my heroes.
Redline Tango John Mackey Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, Joseph Missal Songs for Wind Ensemble Yo Goto Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Bradley Genevro Only Light Aaron Perrine University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Paul Popiel Circular Marches Dan Welcher US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham Mutanza James Curnow Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Liam Daly Intrada and March from “Symphonic Suite” Clifton Williams North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Mistakes happen. No one is immune from the occasional slip-up. Public gaffes are especially notable; as was case with the 2017 Best Picture Oscar announcement. It was a simple error of picking up the wrong envelope.
As we approach the annual event of celebrating the best of cinema, we can all agree that one essential ingredient that makes a movie “worthy of consideration” is its music; an intrinsic element that creates mood, energy, character presence, and emotion. On this episode of Wind & Rhythm, we celebrate the best of cinema music.
“And the Oscar goes to…”
An American in Paris George Gershwin US Army Field Band, Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier Theme from Schindler’s List John Williams Filmharmonic Brass, Dominic Derasse Wizard of Oz Overture James Barnes University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds, Ron Hufstader Adventures on Earth from “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” John Williams US Navy Band, Captain George Thompson Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Leonard Bernstein US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Theme from Jaws John Williams, arr. Charles Porter Filmharmonic Brass, Dominic Derasse