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PERFORMANCES OF FOUR PRIZEWINNING WORKS WALTER BEELER & ASCAP PRIZE WINNERS 2010-2011-2012

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Is it my imagination or are the four prize winning works from the last two years tapping more lyrical veins than of yore. The usual testosterone-fuelled gestures of past years seem to me to have been abandoned in favour of slowly moving tonal centres textures and almost impressionist textures, a welcome departure for me at least. I recognise that the rock world has much to offer, but am I alone in finding so much of the most popular wind music of today lacking variety and subtlety. I have certainly enjoyed these works more than many of the past decade, and I look forward to hearing more in this style at the 2013 CBDNA Conference. To hear performances, browse on the titles.

2010 ASCAP/CBDNA FREDERICK FENNELL PRIZE WINNER

Haiku Symphony No.4 by Josh Hummel

College Band Directors National Academy
National Conference March 23-26, 2011
California State University Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony

John Carnahan, conductor

the sun is awake
dandelions lift their heads
in celebration

2010 Walter Beeler Award, Ithaca College and

2011 ASCAP/CBDNA FREDERICK FENNELL PRIZE WINNER

Rumpelstilzchen – 1 Spinning Straw into Gold

Rumpelstitzchen – 2 The Maiden’s Lament

Rumpelstitzchen – 3 Rumpelstitzchen’s Furiant

A Fairy Tale for Symphonic Wind Ensemble by Jess Langston Turner Premiered December 12, 2009 in West Hartford, Ct. at the Hartt School. Performed by the Hartt Wind Ensemble, Glen Adsit, conductor.

2012 ASCAP/CBDNA FREDERICK FENNELL PRIZE WINNER

DAYDREAMS (2010) BY TAKUMA ITOH

A Fairy Tale for Symphonic Wind Commissioned and premiered by Cornell Wind Ensemble, conducted by Cynthia Johnson-Turner, Available on Albany Records troy 1344

2012 Ithaca College - Walter Beeler Prize winner announced

SOUND AND SMOKE by VIET CUONG

Performace by Manhattan Wind Ensemble, conductor Christopher Baum
"Feeling is everything. Words are mere sound and smoke" -Goethe

I. (feudal castle lights) –

II. (avalanche of eyes) -

Premiere performance by the Peabody Wind Ensemble,
conducted by Dr. Harlan Parker
11/11/11

Please visit http://vietcuongmusic.com for more info.