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Ira Hearshen: Strike Up the Band; Divertimento for Band; Symphony on Themes of Sousa et al. / U.S. Air Force Band

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> Strike up the Band (arr. I. Hearshen) - Strike up the Band (arr. I. Hearshen for wind ensemble)
> Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa - I. After Washington Post
> Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa - II. After The Thunderer
> Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa - III. After Fairest of the Fair
> Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa - IV. After Hands Across the Sea
> There's No Business Like Show Business (arr. I. Hearshen) - There's No Business Like Show Business (arr. I. Hearshen for wind ensemble)
> Divertimento for Band - I. Ragtime
> Divertimento for Band - II. Blues
> Divertimento for Band - III. Mambo Loco
> Divertimento for Band - IV. Susan's Song
> Divertimento for Band - V. March of the Little People

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Strike up the Band
>Hearshen, Ira : Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa
>Berlin, Irving : There's No Business Like Show Business, song (for the musical Annie Get Your Gun)
>Hearshen, Ira : Divertimento, (in 5 movements) for symphonic band
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Ira Hearshen is one of America's most popular and successful orchestrators and arrangers. He has written for many Hollywood films, such as Toy Story and The Scorpion King. He has also written for the concert stage, especially wind band, notably his Pulitzer Prize-nominated Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa , which is adventurously constructed, richly melodic and colorfully scored. His unique takes on Strike Up The Band and There's No Business Like Show Business provide moments of rich humor whilst the Divertimento for Band mines the American jazz vernacular with true rhythmic verve.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Arrangements and orchestrations by Ira Hearshen (b 1948) have been heard in an impressive list of motion pictures, television programs, and recordings. Here a couple of US Air Force bands play some of his arrangements and original pieces. In the first few seconds of Gershwin's 'Strike Up the Band', when the opening strain of 'Stars and Stripes Forever' is heard. Indeed, Hearshon packs every available space with conspicuous quotes from whatever popped into his mind: 'St Louis Blues', Rhapsody in Blue, and so on. In 'There's No Business Like Show Business', first there's the shark theme from Jaws, and later we are reminded of Superman, Bonanza, Holst's 'Mars', the 1812 Overture, and on and on. It's all done with great skill, and it's hilarious. The finale, 'After Hands Across the Sea', is quite complex and includes an elaborate fugue. I'm pretty well bowled over by this huge, fascinating, and smile-inducing piece of music. The album ends with the Divertimento for Band (1988), which was inspired by the Vincent Persichetti composition of the same title. That's where the similarity ends, for this is a piece intended only for enjoyment. 'Ragtime' sounds like Joplin, and both 'Blues' and 'Mambo Loco' remind me of Bernstein. 'Susan's Song' gives solos to a number of players, and it is a lovely piece. The finale, 'March of the Little People' is based on the descending minor third that children sing when saying "naa-naa" at each other. All readings excellent and enthusiastic.



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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Strike up the Band
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Hearshen, Ira : Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: USAF Heritage of America Band
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1994

>Berlin, Irving : There's No Business Like Show Business, song (for the musical Annie Get Your Gun)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Hearshen, Ira : Divertimento, (in 5 movements) for symphonic band
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Notes: Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD, USA (01/18/2000-01/22/2000)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary