Ponchielli, Carnevale di Venezia May14

Ponchielli, Carneval...

Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886) Carnevale di Venezia, Variazoni per Banda Ponchielli was a famous nineteenth-century Italian opera composer whose opera, La Gioconda, with its famous “The Dance of the Hours,” is still in the international repertory. He also served as the conductor of the...

Meyerbeer, Coronation March May14

Meyerbeer, Coronatio...

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) Coronation March Arranged for two bands by Wieprecht, modern edition by David Whitwell Meyerbeer was in charge of the court music in Berlin when he composed this work for the ceremony in Konigsberg in 1861 when Wilhelm I (1797-1888) was made King of Prussia. The...

Whitwell, Saxophone Concerto May14

Whitwell, Saxophone ...

David Whitwell Civil War Reflections For Saxophone and Wind Ensemble “for Jerry D. Luedders” The music for this concerto began in 1997 as my mother was dying. For some reason the Civil War popular song by George F. Root, “Just Before the Battle, Mother,” came to mind and in the second...

Whitwell, Symphony Nr. 3 May14

Whitwell, Symphony N...

David Whitwell (b. 1937) Symphony Nr. 3 “Meditations on Hamlet” 1. “When churchyards yawn, and Hell itself breathes out” 2. “Thoughts Beyond the Reaches of our Souls” 3. “Good Night, Sweet Prince” This Symphony came to mind after I attended a performance of Shakespeare’s famous play. Although...

Art of Musical Conducting Apr16

Art of Musical Condu...

This book by Dr. David Whitwell is destined to be regarded as one of the most important works on the subject. It emphasizes the philosophic and aesthetic concepts of conducting and will cause ensemble directors to re-examine their ideas about the way they look at music making. Frederick...

Paer, Four Marches Feb28

Paer, Four Marches

Ferdinando Paer (1771–1839) Four Marches for the Marriage of Napoleon Paer was a composer of some fifty-five operas and taught composition to Franz Liszt. These marches were composed for part of the celebrations on 1 April 1810 in Paris, one of many events surrounding the second...

Fleury, Symphonie Feb26

Fleury, Symphonie

Charles Fleury Symphonie (1802) for 2 piccolos, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, serpent, trumpet, 2 horns, timpani, in two movements: Andante maestoso–Allegro vivace Andante Pastorale–Allegro vivace A rare band work in the Classic style. Other than this composition all that remains of this...

Bailton, Theme and Variations Feb25

Bailton, Theme and V...

Ad. Victor Bailton Theme and Variations [Grand air varie] (ca. 1889) for band Modern edition by David Whitwell. This is a fine example of this form which was very popular in France in the 19th century. Each section of the band is featured; the form is one long movement. Bailton was the Chef...

Avallone, Sinfonia Feb25

Avallone, Sinfonia

Vincenzo Avallone Sinfonia, “Entrata in Napoli” [1878] for band Nothing is known to us regarding this composer, whose symphony score is found in the Biblioteca Reale, Turin. Download a preview of the score. Buy the score and parts (PDF download) —...

Hall of Fame Award Feb21

Hall of Fame Award

Congratulations to Dr. David Whitwell! He is the 2011 recipient of the California Music Education Association’s Hall of Fame Award.

Munchs, Ouverture Jan23

Munchs, Ouverture

Conrad Munchs Ouverture a grande harmonie (1821–1823) for flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, trumpet, 2 trombones and serpent or contrebasse Largo-Allegro assai Andante poco adagio Minuet All that is known of Conrad Munchs is that he was the assistant director of the band...

Whitwell, Chorale Variations Jan23

Whitwell, Chorale Va...

David Whitwell (b. 1937) Chorale Variations on “Vater unser im Himmelreich” (2010) for Band This composition was composed as a gift for my friend and colleague, Dr. Ronald Johnson of The University of Northern Iowa. Its origin lies in a concert I heard in the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig...

Whitwell, Symphony No. 4 Jan14

Whitwell, Symphony N...

David Whitwell (b. 1937) Symphony of Songs (1990) Song of Faith Song of Tranquility Song of Freedom This Symphony came to mind after a period of reading about the lives of my ancestors as they traveled West from Virginia to Tennessee during the eighteenth century. Download a preview of the...

Whitwell, Symphony No. 2 Dec23

Whitwell, Symphony N...

David Whitwell (b. 1937) Symphony Nr. 2, Sinfonia da Requiem (1988) Requiem Aeternum [Rest Eternal] Tuba Mirum [The Trumpet Shall Sound] Dies Irae [Day of Judgment] Lacrymosa Libera me [Deliver me] This symphony was written after a period of some weeks when my thoughts were centered on the...

Whitwell, Symphony No. 1 Dec20

Whitwell, Symphony N...

David Whitwell Symphony Nr. 1, “The Viennese Legacy” (1987) When I was serving as Associate First Horn in the US Air Force Symphony Orchestra and Band, in Washington, DC, I frequently had the occasion to perform authentic background music in one or other of the famous hotels where political...

Why Talk? Dec19

Why Talk?

Why do some Conductors feel they must TALK to the Audience? I recently heard a performance of the Schoenberg Theme and Variations for band which was preceded by the conductor describing briefly for the audience that fact that this was a set of variations, after which he proceeded to perform...

Berlioz Symphony for Band Dec07

Berlioz Symphony for...

Click here to purchase the score or listen to a recording of the Berlioz Symphony for Band. Download this essay as a PDF. Thoughts On The Berlioz Symphony For Band Dr. David Whitwell When one requests to see the ‘autograph’ score of the great Symphony for Band by Berlioz in the National...

A Concise History of the Wind Band Dec07

A Concise History of the Wind Band

Whether used for personal reference or as a text for a class in the history of the wind band, this book, A Concise History of the Wind Band, is the most comprehensive single-volume text on the history of the wind band ever written. It draws on the author’s multi-volume History and Literature of the Wind Band and follows the development of the wind band through the civic, court, church and military performances of the Ancient World through the nineteenth century. Paperback — available from Amazon.com. Preview Download a PDF preview of A Concise History of the Wind...

Ochs, Variations Dec01

Ochs, Variations

Siegfried Ochs (1858–1929) Variations on a German Folksong Modern edition by David Whitwell Ochs studied music at the Royal School of Music in Berlin where he was a student of Joseph Joachim. He founded the Berlin Philharmonic Choir and specialized in the performance of early music. His...

Mejo, Variations Nov29

Mejo, Variations

Wilhelm Mejo, Variations on ‘Gaudeamus igitur’ Modern edition by David Whitwell This composition was published by Breitkopf und Härtel in 1844 as Variations sur un Thème favori für Harmoniemusik. Mejo was a composer and teacher in Chemnitz, Germany, where in 1833 he founded the...

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