A Supplementary Catalog of Wind Band and Wind Ensemble Repertoire

The History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble, volume 10

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 Supplementary Catalog of Wind Band and Wind Ensemble Repertoire is the tenth vol­ume in Dr. David Whitwell’s ground break­ing thir­teen-vol­ume His­tory and Lit­er­a­ture of the Wind Band and Wind Ensem­ble series. This volume represents Whitwell’s continuing research in the field of wind band repertoire with a focus on libraries in England and Italy. Because of the earlier political connection between Northern Italy and Austria, the holdings of the civic libraries in Italy offer important contributions to our understanding of the Harmoniemusik Period of Central Europe. With respect to large band repertoire, Italy was far ahead of the rest of Europe in the creation of an important body of aesthetic music. 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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