Summary Of The Concert Band 'Emperata Overture'

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Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith (March 14, 1932 – December 13, 1987)
Claude T. Smith is a well known name in the wind band world. He has composed over 112 wind band works, Emperata Overture being his first and, arguably, best known work. This overture is in ABA form and features many soloists.

Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral by Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) arr. Cailliet
Though Richard Wagner is primarily known for his orchestral works, many of his piece have made their way into the wind band repertoire. Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral is a piece that takes place in the opera Lohengrin. In this scene, Elsa is in the midst of getting married to an unknown knight that has saved her from being accused …show more content…

Percy Grainger is one of the most well prominent figured heads of classic wind band literature. He, among with many of other composers, helped revive British folk music through his experimental compositions. Trained originally as a concert pianist, he used the untapped potential of wind ensembles as model for innovative composition. Country Gardens is one of Grainger’s most well known pieces. After playing this folk setting several times as a piano encore, he eventually had the score published. The piece broke composition sales records and paved the way for his popularity in the future.

Chorale and Alleluia by Howard Hanson (October 28, 1896 – February 26, 1981)
Howard Hanson is a well-known American music theorist, composer, conductor, and educator. He has composed many pieces and received the Pulitzer prize for his fourth symphony. Besides being an established composer and conductor, he was the director of the Eastman School of Music for over forty years. His Chorale and Alleluia is one of his most notable wind band pieces. Through not set to any particular religion, it follow much of the same feeling of joyous celebration and exaltation found in many religious

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