DISCOVERY OF THE MONTH
TWO HOLOCAUST COMPOSERS
AT LEAST TWO SIGNIFICANT MASTERPIECES
Many thanks to Dr. Troy Bennefield of Washington State University who writes:
I wanted to share with you that I’m working on an engraved edition of the unpublished divertimento for wind quintet by Dutch composer Dick Kattenburg, as well as some wind pieces (performed once at an event, never published) of his countryman Leo Smit…both killed in the holocaust. I’ll keep you updated on the progress!
The result so far is at least two great works to add to the repertoire – browse below for performances on Youtube.
CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND WIND by Leo Smit
PIANO AND WIND SEXTET by Leo Smit
There is a statistic counter attached to my web, and while it never identifies any browsers who log on, it does often identify their interests; the pages on directing techniques, score study, improving the sound, warm ups and performance practice have been visited well over a thousand times since May. But now Glenn Price in a superb two manual book on The Eloquent Conductor, Basic to Advanced Techniques makes my poor efforts seem almost ineffectual and redundant.
HONG KONG WORLD PREMIERE
15th May, Guy Touvron and Hong Kong Kamerata
Hong Kong Trumpet Ensemble
Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre
Lo Hau-Man AURIFEROUS for solo trumpet accompanied by wind ensemble and trumpet choir (world premiere)
LUXEMBOURG & SWITZERLAND WORLD PREMIERE
27th May MG Madiswill conducted by Stefan Marti
DER LINKSMÄHDER by Marco Pütz. Based on a legend from the Madiswil area, the work was commissioned to celebrate 125th anniversary of the founding of MG Madiswil, the level is about Grade 3-4 and the publisher is Wind Music edition
TWO NEW PIECES IN PREPARATION BY MARCO PÜTZ
Marco Pütz has written …IN OTHER WORDS for Fanfare Orchestra, commissioned by the Netherlands ensemble Fanfare CMV Oranje Grootegast, conductor Anne Z.van den Berg, for a premiere at the 2017 WMC Contest, Kerkrade. The level is Grade 5-6 and duration 15 minutes and it will be published by Bronsheim http://bronsheim.nl
The 130th Certamen (Contest) was held in Valencia 21-24 July. You will get a very good overview of the Contest and its history on the website
The four compulsory works were
Section of Honour José Vicent Egea Poema Sanfermico
First Section Jef Penders Synkretismos
Second Section Miguel Asina Arbó Anem!..
Third Section Pere Sanz Imperator Carlomagna
CHINA AND SINGAPORE IN SPAIN IN 2013
In 2013 I was lucky enough to conduct the Philharmonic Winds of Singapore in the Third Section of the Certamen in a performance which you can see on Youtube, browse below for
AMBUSH – RETURN WITH HONOUR by Chen Qian
Premiere 20TH February 2016
Ann-Sofi Söderqvist writes about her piece, Trumpet Stories for four trumpets and symphonic wind band
My piece Trumpet Stories for symphonic wind orchestra featuring the trumpet section.
Concert at Musikaliska, Stockholm, Sweden 2016-02-20.
Conductor: Kasper de Roo
Orchestra: Swedish Wind Ensemble (Blåsarsymfonikerna)
Trumpet section: Jonas Lindeborg, Martin Lood, Annika Welander, Nicke Karlsson
The piece is dedicated to two of my heroes - Igor Stravinsky and Duke Ellington.
The world premiere of the Piano Concerto by Edwin Roxburgh, commissioned by Tim and Hilary Reynish in memory of their son William Reynish who died a climbing accident in the Pyrenees in 2001, will take place at Trinity College London on March 30th. The soloist will be Iyad Sughayer.
PREMIER OF BAND WORK AT CBDNA CONFERENCE, IOWA
Mike Golemo wrote enthusiastically of a work premiered by Iowa State University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Christian Caricher, at the regional convention of CBDNA February 26th and sent me a score and CD. Of QUOD ERAT DEMONSTRANDUM by Andrew Ardizzola, a bright breezy minimalist overture which is really good fun.
PREMIERE OF CHORAL WORK IN OREGON
Following my article on choral music (July 2016) Rodney Dorsey sends news of THE THAW, a fine new work for Soprano, Tenor, mixed choir and wind orchestra, by Andrea Reinkemeyer (Sherwood, Oregon - 2016) to a text byArtis Henderson, Commissioned by Rodney Dorsey for the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble and University Singers. premiered May 28, 2016 in the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon). For a performance, browse on the title above.
AMERICANS IN GREECE
A letter from Dr Tom Duffy, conductor of the Yale University Concert Band:
The Yale University Concert Band just played Dances from Crete for Syrian and Afghan refugees in a displaced persons camp in Athens, Greece. This fine music lit up children and adults who have little else of beauty in their daily lives. Thanks for commissioning a great and powerful piece of music.
Cheers, Tom Duffy
For a performance, by Philharmonic Wind, Singapore, go to Youtube, browsing on the movement titles below
Dances from Crete Movement 1 SYRTOS
Dances from Crete Movement 2 TIK
Dances from Crete Movement 3 SAMARIA GORGE
Dances from Crete Movement 4 SYRTAKI
DEREK BOURGEOIS AT SEVENTY FIVE
A re-introduction to his music