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The Firebird and Other 20th Century Masterpieces / US Army Concert Band

Audio Samples

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance March no 2, for orchestra in A minor, Op. 39/2
>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2
>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance March no 2, for orchestra in A minor, Op. 39/2
>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2
>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new release brought to us from "Pershing's Own" United States Army Band features the music of three prominent 20th Century composers: Edward Elgar, Igor Stravinsky and Ottorino Respighi. Renowned in the U.S. as a popular graduation processional, the album opens with Elgar's famous suite of concert marches entitled Pomp and Circumstance. Second to appear on the album is Igor Stravinsky's reorchestrated suite from the ballet The Firebird. Finally, the Army Band features Respighi's The Pines of Rome, his most well known tone poem.

Transcriptions of orchestral masterworks form the core of the wind band repertoire. This disc features the gifted musicians of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" performing some of the greatest orchestral works of the early 20th century. The band first plays three of Elgar's famous Pomp and Circumstance marches. Stravinsky's timeless Firebird suite showcases the virtuosity of the performers and the genius of Stravinsky himself. The album concludes with Respighi's The Pines of Rome.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Thomas Rotondi,
  • Ensemble: United States Army Concert Band
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1901

>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance March no 2, for orchestra in A minor, Op. 39/2
  • Conductor: Thomas Rotondi,
  • Ensemble: United States Army Concert Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1901

>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
  • Conductor: Thomas Rotondi,
  • Ensemble: United States Army Concert Band
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1907

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2
  • Conductor: Thomas Rotondi,
  • Ensemble: United States Army Concert Band
  • Running Time: 22 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
  • Conductor: Thomas Rotondi,
  • Ensemble: United States Army Concert Band
  • Running Time: 21 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924