The History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble, volume 13
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.
Name Index, Volumes 1–12 is the thirteenth and final volume in Dr. David Whitwell’s ground breaking History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble series. This volume includes nearly eight thousand entries — musicians, composers, publishers, historians, royalty, philosophers — a virtual encyclopedia of people who have played a part, big or small, in the creation and growth of the wind band and wind ensemble. From the earliest philosophers of ancient Greece to composers from the twentieth century, this index to the History and Literature of the Wind Band and Wind Ensemble series completes one of the most amazing works of music research. 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.