WILLIAM BOLCOM (b.1938): First Symphony for Band, FRANK TICHELI (b.1958): Symphony No. 2 for Concert Band, Angels in the Architecture, LESLIE BASSETT (b.1923): Nonet - 2 Movements for Winds, Brass and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 09N066
Description: Ticheli's symphony is an ambitious and serious three-movement structure, with its emotional center of gravity in the middle movement, bracketed by highly energetic, rhythmic outer movements. His Angels, inspired by the soaring shapes of the Sydney Opera House, is a dramatic parable of confrontation between light and dark, peace and turmoil. Bolcom's symphony is a thoroughly worked out musical argument, beginning with a terse and incisive sonata-form movement, followed by a sardonic scherzo, pastoral slow movement and a rondo-finale that suggests the cortège and dancing traditions of the New Orleans funeral. The work is tonal and endlessly inventive and ingenious, engagingly incorporating popular idioms without a trace of condescension. The Bassett nonet is less tonal than the majority of wind ensemble music, and consists of two contrasting movements of crystalline clarity and precise attention to timbral color. MTSU Wind Ensemble; Reed Thomas.