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CHAMBER MUSIC FOR UP TO 20 PLAYERS

First, greetings to everyone. Go safely, and let us pray for a vaccine which will enable you all to start working normally. It is the height of the cricket season at present, behind closed door. Just a thought, that the fourteen on the pitch could after a drink or two tackle a work for fourteen wind, brass percussion and piano by Anthony Powell, yes the same guy who wrote The Clockwork Orange.


AN IDEAL WORK FOR LOCK DOWN.

https://soundcloud.com/user-730744414/premiere-of-mr-burgesss-almanack-by-anthony-burgess-25032018edited

Premiere of Mr Burgess’s Almanack by Anthony Burgess


Anthony Burgess was invited to write this work by the American double bassist, Jonathan Haskell, in the Suisse Romande Orchestra, and Haskell conducted the premiere on 11th April 1988. Mr Burgess’s Almanack is scored for woodwind octet, horn, trumpet, timpani, 2 percussion and piano.

The work has been edited by Paul Phillips, Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of music at Stanford University



Anthony Burgess explained in his book You’ve had your Time:


“The Corriere della Sera has announced that I am giving up the novel for music. This was in connection with the performance of a work of mine in Geneva….called Mr. Burgess’s Almanack, a British enough title, and he seemed to think that I was impressionistically painting the running of the English year. But the title is a trick. The calendar and the chromatic scale have in common a division into twelve. As the year moves from January to December, so in my work the musical intervals I exploit harmonically run from the minor second to the octave.”


CHAMBER MUSIC TO EXPLORE NEXT SEASON

A former colleague asked me through FaceBook about wind repertoire of up to 20 players, to be programmed with social distancing between the players. I thought my response to him might be of use to other colleagues who are facing the restrictions of Covid-19 in the forthcoming year. This homepage is to reintroduce those articles dating back to 2004 and now sadly out of date, but they will give you a basis for further research. It is essential that you buy Rodney Winther’s Guide, a great resource.


AN ANNOTATED GUIDE TO WIND CHAMBER MUSIC by RODNEY WINTHER for six to eighteen players

This is a must for every library, a superb compendium of works known and recommended by Rodney with superb programme notes. Rodney’s opening author’s notes are a brilliant guide to the repertoire: “I became exposed to the wind music of the great masters – Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Strauss, Stravinsky, Hindemith.

Gradually my knowledge came to include that second tier of works by Weber, Hummel, Krommmer, Myslivacek, Gounod, Mendelssohn, Lachner, Jacob, Walton, Milhaud, Varese, Weill and Kurka.

Little by little I became exposed to composers whose music fascinated me, but of whom I had little prior knowledge – Berg, Bernard, Bird, Dubois, Enesco, Francaix, Hahn, Hartmann, d’Indy, Ives, van Otterloo, Poulenc, Raff, Reinecke, Schmitt and Spohr.

Currently my thirst for repertoire is more on the international scale: Yun, Chou, Tcherepnin, Pärt, Arrieu, Andriessen, Bozza, Caturla, Davies, Schulz, Gerhard, Keuris, Koetsier, Lazarof, Perle Revueltas and so many others.”

Rodney includes a splendid list of his top 101 works. He points out that any list of repertoire is out-of-date immediately, but this serves as a magnificent starting point for further research. Below are links to three articles on my web pages which concentrate on this genre.


CHAMBER MUSIC

Recommendations of works which possibly need a conductor. Directed Chamber Music published In the United Kingdom. An introduction to a catalogue devised by Leroy Osmon of large-scale wind chamber music.

Read the article


CHAMBER MUSIC REPERTOIRE LIST

This catalogue contains works predominantly for 7 or more wind and brass instruments - compiled by the composer, Leroy Osmon, reproduced here with his permission.

Read the article




WORKS FOR DOUBLE WIND QUINTET

Recommended Wind Decets and a link to the world's most complete listing of works for double quintet, a website developed by Cathy Gerhart. At last count, she lists about 360 for regular double wind quintet and about 127 pieces for related instrumentation.

Read the article



THREE MAJOR WORKS, BUT TOO BIG

My immediate reaction was to base my ideas on the Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind but it is slightly too big. There are two other works which I would put alongside the Stravinsky as major works of this century, well worth trying to find a large enough space to play them, works to test the finest players.


IGOR STRAVINSKY SYMPHONIES OF WIND INSTRUMENTS (1920)

3(III=picc).afl.2.corA.2.altocl.3(III=dbn)-4.3.3.1 (1920)

3.2.corA.3.3(III=dbn)-4.3.3.1 (1947)


MAGNUS LINDBERG GRAN DUO (2000)

3(III=picc).2.corA.3.bcl.2.dbn-4.3(III=picc.tr).3.1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uud9UngQug


STANISLAW SKROWACZEWSKI MUSIC FOR WINDS (2001)

3(2.afl,3.pic).3.3(3.bcl).3(3.cbsn)-3.3.3.btbn.1-timp.3perc(bng, tom-t, tempbl, mar, vib, chimes, xyl, glsp, piatti, tamb)-hp.pno(cel)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVPik3NAl6A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n10u2naC_Pg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi2NLg8R6gE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNKe7F7vX-8



WORKS FOR ORCHESTRAL WIND AND BRASS

PETER RACINE FRICKER SINFONIA 3232:422

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph7n6rx_RZ8

EDWARD GREGSON CELEBRATION 2222:4331;T P Hp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJl6y5ZcS50

ELIZABETH MACONCHY MUSIC FOR WIND AND BRASS 2222:4331:t

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmugUzovgyc

MICHAEL TIPPETT MOSAIC 2222:3221:t 2p pft hp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtqjWIJ8yfY


LEO SMIT is a major find I feel. He lived in Paris for a time, AND HIS MUSIC REFLECTS THE INFLUENCES OF Stravinsky, Poulenc, Milhaud and Ravel. He moved back to Amsterdam unwisely in 1937, and was murdered by the Nazis in 1943.

LEO SMIT (1900 – 1943) PIANO CONCERTO 2222:31111:t vc cb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OkM_CydRmo

LEO SMIT 6TET FOR PIANO AND WIND 1111:1 PNO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pckOZyMPX_g



MY FAVORITES WITH A FEW ADDITIONS

Rodney Winther points out that any list of repertoire is out-of-date immediately, but they do serve as a starting point. I have a few works to add which are favorite pieces and which I have programmed repeatedly, and one or two discoveries.



HANS GAL DIVERTIMENTO 1121:21

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af3T1Ja4ufw&t=962s

Virtually a Mahler Symphony for wind octet


HOWARD BLAKE OCTET 0222:2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNGseB-rrrQ

This is an absolute charming Octet, beautifully crafted with a teasing use of mixed metres which makes it a first class work for a conducting class.


GUY WOOLFENDEN SUITE FRANCAISE 2222:0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9OVUSpu6gg

Here is rare film of Guy conducting, an octet without horns!


GUY WOOLFENDEN SERENADE FOR SOPHIA 2222;2

This is Serenade no 1 written after the birth of his first grandchild

Movt 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oleySMX3d_M

Movt 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbQ4aFASCZo

Movt 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8fbncdrCvY


RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT REFLECTIONS ON A SIXTEENTH CENTURY TUNE

22222:2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FprdjDynT0

A magical reworking of a piece he wrote for string orchestra.


WILLEM VEN OTTERLOO SYMPHONIETTA FOR TRIPLE WIND AND FOUR HORNS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b360Wb2XY4E 3333:4

A major symphonic work to put alongside the Richard Strauss works for woodwind and four horns


WILLEM VEN OTTERLOO SERENADE FOR BRASS, HARP, CELESTE AND PERCUSSION

3rd movt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiIDqi1mNeU

A complementary work for brass, harp celeste and percussion, sadly rarely played.


PIANO AND WIND SEXTETS

Just come across these pieces to go with the Poulenc Sextet


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEU1dQrS_r0 THEODOR BLUME SEXTET

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGCg-erZMao LOUISE FARRANC SEXTET

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0vP327urm4 LEO SMIT SEXTET

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze2Z8NUKYH8 ROUSSEL DIVERTISSEMENT


Finally a link developed by Nikk Pilato with a great deal of information

WIND REPERTORY PROJECT http://www.windrep.org/Main_Page



S.O.S. SAXOPHONES

My colleague points out the major problem with this repertoire, that it leaves out the saxophones. I would be very grateful if any colleague can recommend any fine works for between 10 and 25 players, involving saxophones. Please send to my email address:

timreynish@yahoo.co.uk


I hope that you can find something useful here or in past web pages.

Best wishes,

Tim