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February 21, 2005

Department of Bands to Present Concert

The Department of Bands at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will present a concert on Thursday evening, March 10 at 7:30 pm in the Biedenharn Recital Hall on the ULM campus. This concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Derle R. Long. Guest conductor will be graduate student Walter Moss, a candidate for the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree. There is no admission charge for this performance.

The program will feature Vittorio Giannini's Symphony Number 3, Windsprints by Richard Saucedo, and Ride by Samuel Hazo. Included on this program is a setting of Franz Biebl's Ave Maria, arranged for wind ensemble by Robert Cameron. Rounding out the program will be Malcolm Arnold's delightful Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo.

Giannini's Symphony No. 3 is considered a masterpiece of the wind band repertoire. The symphony's four movements make use of brilliant brass fanfares and lovely woodwind melodies in traditional sonata allegro, ABA, and ABAB forms.

Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo was originally composed in 1963 for brass band under the title Little Suite for Brass. John Paynter's arrangement for wind band includes woodwinds and additional percussion but retains the breezy effervescence of the original work. All three movements are written in short, clear, five-part song forms. The ABACA design is instantly apparent to the listener while giving the composer's imaginative melodies a natural, almost folk-like setting. Windsprints is a flourish of notes and rhythms meant to stir the kind of emotion one might experience during the running of a 50 or 100 yard dash. The piece gets off the "starting blocks" quickly and immediately involves numerous wind and percussion instruments in a technical "race to the finish line!" Ave Maria was first published in 1964 in Dortmund, Germany, for male voices in seven-parts. The version featured in this performance is adapted from a version for mixed choir, selected because it better matches the registration of the wind ensemble or symphonic band. This adaptation is a transcription rather than an arrangement in that every attempt has been made to preserve every possible detail of the original.

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