Wednesday, September 26, 2012

SBU Department of Music presents “Wind Music Potpourri”

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents “Wind Music Potpourri” Tuesday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. featuring music performed by the Wind Symphony and Chamber Ensembles. Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Mailman, Margolis, Copland, and Hindemith are featured by the 60-member Wind Symphony along with compositions performed by brass and woodwind chamber groups. The free public performance will be held at Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus in Bolivar.

The Wind Symphony music for this performance depicts a variety of styles and emotions.
Procession of the Nobles is an arrangement of an orchestral work from the opera Mlada, by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov. The work suggests an air of ceremonial pomp with its musical fanfares and flourishes. Martin Mailman’s Liturgical Music, Op. 33, is based on four movements selected from the Mass Proper (Introit/Alleluia) and Mass Ordinary (Kyrie/Gloria).

Since its premiere in 1963, the piece has become a landmark work in the band repertoire with countless performances. Color (1984) is a five-movement work based on English Renaissance country dance tunes. Composer Bob Margolis states that the “focus of this music is not melody, but the setting…the texture, the color, and the harmony.” Down A Country Lane, commissioned by Life magazine, was first composed as a solo piano work, which appeared in the June 29, 1962, issue.

Aaron Copland wrote the work specifically with young musicians in mind, stating that “the music is descriptive only in an imaginative, not a literal sense. I didn’t think up the title until the piece was finished―Down A Country Lane just happened to fit its flowing quality.” The work was transcribed for orchestra by the composer in 1965 and transcribed for band by Merlin Patterson in 1988. Rounding out the program is the final “March” movement from Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber.

For more information, please call Dr. Brian Hopwood, department of music, at 417-328-1647 or email him at:

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