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Remembering the Beach - Works by Virgil Thomson; Michael Colgrass; David Maslanka / Rugers Wind Ens.

Album Summary

>Thomson, Virgil : At the Beach, concert waltz for trumpet & band (arr. from "Le Bains-bar")
>Thomson, Virgil : Study Piece
>Thomson, Virgil : Edges
>Thomson, Virgil : A Solemn Music, for band
>Thomson, Virgil : A Joyful Fugue, for band (arranged by Charles Fussell)
>Colgrass, Michael : Bali, for band
>Maslanka, David : Symphony no 4
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the final recording of the Rutgers Wind Ensemble under the baton of William Berz. This CD features rarely heard works from Virgil Thomson: "At the Beach," "Study Piece," "Portrait of a Lady," Edges: A Portrait of Robert Indiana," and "A Solemn Music". Also included is the Charles Fussell arrangement of Thomson's "A Joyful Fugue."

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The big piece is David Maslanka's singlemovement, 29-minute Symphony 4 (1994). Maslanka's main musical impulses are always big and spiritual; here it's Abraham Lincoln and "the impulse to shout for the joy of life". 'Old Hundredth' (the Doxology) gets lots of play, and other chorale melodies are heard here and there. As always, Maslanka is in no hurry whatsoever, and his religiosity permeates.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nicholas Music Center of Rutgers, The State University.



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Works Details

>Thomson, Virgil : At the Beach, concert waltz for trumpet & band (arr. from "Le Bains-bar")
  • Performer: Kevin Cobb (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: William Berz
  • Ensemble: Rutgers Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/15/1949

>Thomson, Virgil : Study Piece :: Portrait of a Lady, for band
  • Conductor: William Berz
  • Ensemble: Rutgers Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Thomson, Virgil : Edges :: A Portrait of Robert Indiana, for band
  • Conductor: William Berz
  • Ensemble: Rutgers Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Thomson, Virgil : A Solemn Music, for band
  • Conductor: William Berz
  • Ensemble: Rutgers Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Thomson, Virgil : A Joyful Fugue, for band (arranged by Charles Fussell)
  • Conductor: William Berz
  • Ensemble: Rutgers Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Colgrass, Michael : Bali, for band
  • Conductor: William Berz
  • Ensemble: Rutgers Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Maslanka, David : Symphony no 4
  • Conductor: William Berz
  • Ensemble: Rutgers Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 29 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993