A Catalog of Wind Repertoire Before the Twentieth Century for One to Five Players

The History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble, volume 11

One of the most amazing accomplishments of contemporary music publication. — Wolfgang Suppan, Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Forderung der Blasmusik, Mitteilungsblatt, Nr. 15, Marz, 1985.

This History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble will remain for a long time the principal source for the ultimate study of the literature of wind instruments. — Giovanni Ligasacchi, “Quattro Secoli di Storia La Letteratura degli Stromenti a Fiato,” Brescia Musica (Italy), Anno V, n. 21, Febbraio, 1990.

A Catalog of Wind Repertoire Before the Twentieth Century for One to Five Players is the eleventh vol­ume in Dr. David Whitwell’s ground break­ing thir­teen-vol­ume His­tory and Lit­er­a­ture of the Wind Band and Wind Ensem­ble series. The History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble has had its focus on the repertoire for ensembles of six or more players. But there is much more to the story of the early professional wind player. His performance of solo repertoire and his participation in smaller wind ensembles reflect the use of such music in smaller palace rooms and in more intimate church performances in particular. It was to offer some documentation for these other categories of wind repertoire that Dr. Whitwell has included this volume. Whitwell’s meticulous scholarship reveals the continuous history of the wind ensemble, from its earliest roots to the nineteenth century — an unbroken tradition of wind music that music scholars have never been fully able to appreciate until now.

All earlier efforts stand in the shade of this undertaking … Whitwell’s great undertaking presents not only an abundance of new material, which belongs to the literature of anyone interested in wind music but also creates a new dimension for discussion by musicologists. One can not thank Whitwell enough. — Wolfgang Suppan, Oesterreichische Blasmusik, Nr. 5, 1983.

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