Marshall is music: MVC Wind Ensemble to present final season concert Tuesday

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Missouri Valley College Wind Ensemble will perform its final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium at Bueker Middle School, according to a news release from MVC.

The group, under the direction of Garry Anders, Charles Ferguson and Chuck Appleton, will perform "Symphony Number 1" by Claude T. Smith.

The first movement, "Flourish," begins with a fanfare-like sound in the allegretto moderato tempo.

The brilliance of the tutti sound is pulsed with strong rhythmic accents. The 6/8 "March" opens with solo bassoons playing the principal march tune. Following a trumpet and drum duet, the march develops a vigorous and pulsating pace of stirring proportions, according to the news release.

Large and sonorous chords open the "Lyric Song" movement. The melodic material is given a variety of scorings, including solos and a brass treatment in contrapuntal style.

The "Toccata" is a movement of energy and drive which displays the technique of the band, Director Garry Anders said.

This movement includes a fugal section for woodwinds and percussion.

"The work is brought to a thrilling close with the same chords with which the first movement opened," Anders said.

The symphony was commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma national honorary band fraternity and sorority, respectively, and first performed in 1977.

The second piece is entitled "Father of Victory" by Louis-Gaston Ganne.

Ganne was born in 1862. He was a conductor and composer of French operas, operettas, ballets and marches.

He is most recognized today for his popular patriotic marches, including "Le pere la victorie," ("The Father of Victory").

The piece will be directed by Buddy Hannaford, Marshall High School and MVC alumnus.

Following "Father of Victory" will be "Prelude" and "Fugue in G Minor" by J.S. Bach, conducted by Charles Ferguson.

Bach is the everlasting king of polyphony. His preludes and fugues were written to defy the current trend of his time to play keyboard music in a special keyboard temperament.

Not all the keys would sound good under this system, yet it was the favorite of many at the time.

Bach's "Well-Tempered Klavier" book contained 24 preludes and fugues in all the keys to help prove that keyboard music could sound good in all keys using the equal-tempered system.

"The Spirit of Orpheus" by Robert W. Smith is next on the program.

In Greek mythology, Orpheus was a Thracia musician whose magical skill on the lyre enabled him to charm the trees, rivers and stones.

Orpheus married the nymph Eurydice, but she soon died, bitten on the heel by a snake. Her grieving husband followed her to the underworld and, by playing on his lyre, charmed the deities into releasing her.

The program includes "The Klaxon" by Henry Filmore, conducted by Chuck Appleton.

This piece was composed in 1929. The march, subtitled "March of the Automobiles," was written for the 1930 Cincinnati Automobile Show.

Filmore even invented a new instrument for the occasion called a klaxophone. It consisted of 12 automobile horns mounted on a table and powered by an automobile battery. Like the cannons in Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," the klaxophone was a bit noisy.

The final selection of the program is "Benny Goodman: The King of Swing," arranged by Paul Murtha.

It includes such famous Benny Goodman songs as "Let's Dance," "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Moonglow" and "Sing, Sing, Sing."

Goodman was the clarinetist-composer responsible for multiple hit singles as a band leader before World War II.

Goodman left school at 14 to join the American Federation of Musicians. He reached the height of his popularity in the 1930s, when swing was most popular, creating many hits and being the first jazz band to play at Carnegie hall.

The next MVC concert will be by the Jazz Ensemble, which will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Eckilson-Mabee Theatre at MVC.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

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