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Fisher Tull (1934-94): Music for Band / Jacob Ertl, piano; Keystone Wind Ens., Jack Stamp

Album Summary

>Tull, Fisher : Terpsichore, for band
>Tull, Fisher : Prelude and Double Fugue, for band
>Tull, Fisher : Concerto for piano & wind ensemble
>Tull, Fisher : Cryptic Essay, for band
>Tull, Fisher : Jargon, for band
>Tull, Fisher : Accolade, for wind orchestra
>Tull, Fisher : Sketches on a Tudor Psalm, for band
>Word, Spoken : Interview with the Composer, Fisher Tull
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Catching the musical "bug" when given a trumpet at age nine, Fisher "Mickey" Tull (1934-94) and his older brother formed a high school jazz group called "The Dukes of Rhythm", even making some recordings at the local radio station. From there he went "on the road", gaining valuable professional experience. Enrolling at North Texas State Univ., he was immediately immersed in a trumpet studio overflowing with talented players, some being later immortalized in one of Tull's compositions, Eight Profiles for solo trumpet. He joined the faculty of Sam Houston State Univ. in 1957 as a music theory instructor. After completing a Ph.D. in Composition he was promoted to Chairmanship of the Music Department at Sam Houston State, his seventeen-year tenure spanning some of the Depts. most successful years. The burgeoning city of Houston, with its symphony orchestra and a ballet company, provided professional outlets for his compositions. This recording seeks to present some of Tull's lesser-known compositions deserving of attention. (Tim Tull, from the liner notes)

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
This album includes Variants on a Tudor Psalm (1971), Tull's most famous band piece. It is based on Thomas Tallis's setting of the psalm 'Why fum'th in fight?', which was also the basis for the famous Fantasia by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It shows Tull's skills and imagination, to be sure.

I like the Double Prelude and Fugue (1979) and the Piano Concerto (1987), which is given a fine reading by pianist Jacob Ertl. An element in my response to Tull's music is that it is so often played bombastically. The Keystone Wind Ensemble plays tastefully here. The album includes a 14-minute interview with the composer in 1991 by Andrew Yates.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fisher Auditorium on the Campus of Indiana University o (07/30/2014-08/01/2014).



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>Tull, Fisher : Terpsichore, for band
  • Conductor: Jack Stamp
  • Ensemble: Keystone Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Fisher Auditorium on the Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA (07/30/2014-08/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967

>Tull, Fisher : Prelude and Double Fugue, for band
  • Conductor: Jack Stamp
  • Ensemble: Keystone Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Fisher Auditorium on the Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA (07/30/2014-08/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Tull, Fisher : Concerto for piano & wind ensemble
  • Performer: Jacob Ertl (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jack Stamp
  • Ensemble: Keystone Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Fisher Auditorium on the Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA (07/30/2014-08/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1987

>Tull, Fisher : Cryptic Essay, for band
  • Conductor: Jack Stamp
  • Ensemble: Keystone Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Fisher Auditorium on the Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA (07/30/2014-08/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1976

>Tull, Fisher : Jargon, for band
  • Conductor: Jack Stamp
  • Ensemble: Keystone Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Fisher Auditorium on the Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA (07/30/2014-08/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1976

>Tull, Fisher : Accolade, for wind orchestra
  • Conductor: Jack Stamp
  • Ensemble: Keystone Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Fisher Auditorium on the Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA (07/30/2014-08/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tull, Fisher : Sketches on a Tudor Psalm, for band
  • Conductor: Jack Stamp
  • Ensemble: Keystone Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Fisher Auditorium on the Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA (07/30/2014-08/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Word, Spoken : Interview with the Composer, Fisher Tull
  • Conductor: Jack Stamp
  • Ensemble: Keystone Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Fisher Auditorium on the Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA (07/30/2014-08/01/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic