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Portrait of Karel Husa - Works for Winds / Steele, et al

Album Summary

>Husa, Karel : Smetana Fanfare
>Husa, Karel : Al Fresco, for symphonic band
>Husa, Karel : Concertino for piano & wind ensemble
>Husa, Karel : Music for Prague 1968, for concert band
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Notes & Reviews:

Born in Prague and an American citizen since 1959, Karel Husa is one of our most important living composers and a winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize. He has shown a special interest in band music, and this definitive collection of his works for wind symphony includes Music for Prague 1968, one of the mainstays of the repertoire.

"The bright and breezy Smetana Fanfare (1984, commissioned by San Diego State University for their Smetana Conference) is the perfect way to open this disc. The Smetana reference is made explicit by two references to Wallenstein's Camp. Karel Husa is a Czech-born composer who has been resident in the U.S. since 1954. His music for wind band is his primary claim to fame...Performances are consistently of the highest standard. The recording is sharply focused yet breathes plenty of space. Fascinating stuff. A minor error on the back cover needs pointing out: the tracks for the Music for Prague should read 6 - 9, not 4 - 7." - Colin Clarke, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Husa, Karel : Smetana Fanfare
  • Notes: Composition written: 1984.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Husa, Karel : Al Fresco, for symphonic band
  • Notes: Composition written: 1975.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1975

>Husa, Karel : Concertino for piano & wind ensemble
  • Performer: Mokomo Gresham (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1983.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1983

>Husa, Karel : Music for Prague 1968, for concert band
  • Notes: Composition written: 1968.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968