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American Classics - Corigliano: Circus Maximus, Gazebo Dances / Junkin, University of Texas Wind Ensemble

Album Summary

>Corigliano, John : Symphony no 3 ("Circus Maximus"), for large wind ensemble
>Corigliano, John : Gazebo Dances
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The Circus Maximus of ancient Rome was a real place. The largest arena in the world, it entertained over 300,000 spectators daily for nearly a thousand years. Chariot races, hunts and battles satisfied the Roman public's need for grander and wilder amusement as the Empire declined. The parallels between the high decadence of Rome and our present time are obvious. Entertainment dominates our culture, and ever-more-extreme 'reality' shows dominate our entertainment. Many of us have become as bemused by the violence and humiliation that flood the 500-plus channels of our television screens as those mobs of imperial Rome who considered the devouring of human beings by starving lions just another Sunday show. The shape of 'Circus Maximus' was built both to embody and comment on this massive and glamorous barbarity." -John Corigliano

"Composer John Corigliano, in his Circus Maximus: Symphony No. 3 for large wind ensemble, both evokes the atmosphere of the Roman circus and compares it to the texture of modern entertainment, specifically television... the work is very absorbing, and its gestures are large and precise in spite of all the garish effects. Corigliano has emerged as a composer who is neither strictly modernist nor neo-Romantic, and he has done well to choose that most purely American of ensembles, the university wind band, for this work; many such groups have attained a very high technical level, and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble delivers an ideal performance here." -All Music Guide



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>Corigliano, John : Symphony no 3 ("Circus Maximus"), for large wind ensemble
  • Conductor: Jerry Junkin
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Corigliano, John : Gazebo Dances
  • Conductor: Jerry Junkin
  • Ensemble: University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973