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Release Date: 07/13/1999 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80556   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

By the mid-1800s most American cities and towns had at least one brass band that performed for a variety of events, including dances, concerts, picnics, parades and patriotic as well as political rallies. The quality of the bands varied. It is fair to assume that the Union, or Federal bands of the Northeast were, for the most part, extremely talented because of the wealth of musicians and musical activity that was such a large part of that culture and society. As the population moved West, new bands were organized, performed and were the pride of the town. These bands were usually attached to the local militia unit and essentially served as the military band when needed. As a regiment was formed, it was important to have a band attached to Read more the unit to induce citizens to join. The Civil War bands used three different and distinct styles of instruments: Bell Front (bells pointing straight); Up Right (bells pointing up); and Over the Shoulder (bells pointing backward over the shoulder). One of the most well known and proficient band luminaries of the times was Claudio S. Grafulla. He was perhaps the finest of all the band composers of the mid-1800s. In 1860 he assumed the leadership of the 7th Regiment Band of New York. The band performed not only military music but popular music as well. His music appears in the band books of the Port Royal Band, the 3rd New Hampshire Band, the Manchester Cornet Band, and the 26th North Carolina Regiment Band. In addition, he is credited with adding a woodwind section to the brass bands of the period. He was truly one of the heroes in the development of the modern band in America. To recreate the band music on this CD, Paul Eachus has formed a 19th century community brass band. It is based on the original Dodworth Band of New York City and thus its name. For a resource that will allow the interested consumer to follow the history of the Band in America, to hear where indeed, it came from, this new CD is indispensable - a most valuable document that just happens to contain some delightful music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Freischutz Quick Step by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Mayberry 
2.
Empress Quick Step by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Nabucco Quick Step by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Friendship Quick Step by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1850; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Mayberry 
5.
George Hart's Quick Step by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1851; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Mayberry 
6.
Ben Bolt Quick Step by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Mayberry 
7.
Criterion Quick March by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8.
Grafulla's Favorite Waltz by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1847; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Mayberry 
9.
Grand March "The Sultan" by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
10.
Washington Grays by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Mayberry 
11.
Delavau's Quick Step by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1852; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12.
Captain Shepherd's Quick Step by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1850; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Mayberry 
13.
Un Ballo in Maschera Quick Step by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Mayberry 
14.
Hurrah Storm Galop by Claudio S. Grafulla
Conductor:  Paul Eachus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dodworth Saxhorn Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Mayberry
This work is based on "Hungarian Storm March or Galop" by Kéler-Béla (a.k.a. Adalbert Paul von Kéler, Béla Kéler). 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Who is the march king? September 1, 2012 By Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews " It is said that John Philip Sousa is the "march king". There is reason for that claim. "The Stars and Striper Forever", "Liberty Bell", "El Capitor", "The Thunderer", "Washington Post".
But before the coronation consider the marches of Claudio S. Grafulla fourteen of which may be heard on this CD. They are superb marches as good as most any Sousa composed. Yet
Grafulla is generally unknown except to some marching and concert band leaders and some of some members. This is a shame because Grafulla composed first-rate marches.
Grafulla like so many other composers, whether of marches or operetta or opera
or symphony, has faded. His star will again shine brightly if more people had the privilege of hearing his marches on this CD so expertly played by the doworth Saxhorn Band."
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