Baroque Wind Band and Wind Ensemble Repertoire

The History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble, volume 7

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.

Baroque Wind Band and Wind Ensemble Repertoire is the seventh volume in Dr. David Whitwell’s ground breaking thirteen-volume History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble series. This volume is a companion to the third volume in this series, The Baroque Wind Band and Wind Ensemble. Of great significance is the continuation of the church wind ensemble forms of the sixteenth century and the extraordinary multi-movement concert Hautboisten repertoire of the Baroque. The Hautboisten repertoire was a development of the earlier music of the Les Grands Hautbois and directly developed into the Harmoniemusik of the Classical Period.
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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