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Tempo Di Bourgeois

Jager / Sousa / Keystone Wind Ensemble
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Klavier Records   Catalog #: 11187   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert JägerJohan HalvorsenThomas KnoxRichard Wagner,   ... 
Performer:  William Stowman
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Keystone Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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TEMPO DI BOURGEOIS Col. John Bourgeois, cond; Keystone Wind E KLAVIER K11187 (64:29)


JAGER Esprit de Corps. SOUSA People Who Live in Glass Houses. TCHAIKOVSKY Cherevichki: Fanfares. Swan Lake: 4 Dances. HALVORSEN Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Little Masquerade Suite. KNOX Sea Songs. WAGNER Lohengrin: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral


Colonel John Bourgeois was for many years commander/conductor of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band in Washington, D.C., considered by many to be our nation’s premier symphonic band. His career with the band spanned the administrations of nine presidents, from Eisenhower to Clinton, during which time Bourgeois became something of a musical icon, not only within the band world, but in the larger classical music community as well. By the time he stepped down as conductor of the band in July of 1996, Bourgeois was so well known that his retirement was covered on a national level by the major television networks. This disc is not only a fitting tribute to a great musician and a great musical career, it is also a very pleasurable listening experience.


All but two of the works were either arranged or edited by Bourgeois, and those two—Robert Jager’s Esprit de Corps and Thomas Knox’s Sea Songs— have Marine Band connections. The Jager was commissioned by Bourgeois and the Marine Band and is described as “a kind of fantasy-march” based on The Marines’ Hymn . The work is lively and spirited (as one might expect), but leaves little lasting impression. Not so of Thomas Knox’s brilliant Sea Songs , a wonderfully inventive rhapsody on American nautical songs and sea chanties. Knox was staff arranger of the Marine Band from 1961 to 1985, during which time he composed and arranged more than 260 works for the band. Sea Songs is highlighted by an absolutely gorgeous setting of Shenandoah (my favorite American folk song) and concludes with a thrilling set of variations on What Do We Do With the Drunken Sailor.


Bourgeois’s transcriptions are all skillfully wrought. Most effective is Johan Halvorsen’s Little Masquerade Suite, which includes four movements—“Cotillion,” “Rooster Dance,” “Grotesque Dance,” and “Bacchanale”—from the original eight-movement orchestral version. The Tchaikovsky arrangements also work well, though some may miss the lushness of the original string scoring. Bourgeois’s edition of John Philip Sousa’s People Who Live in Glass Houses suite allows us to hear a side of the March King with which most of us are unfamiliar. Each of its four movements delightfully celebrates a different “potent potable”—“The Champagnes,” “The Rhine Wines,” “The Whiskies—Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, and Rye,” and “Convention of the Cordials.” The music is light, breezy, tuneful, and just plain fun. The disc concludes with the warhorse Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral . One decision any arranger must make when transcribing this work is how to fabricate a concert ending of an excerpt that in the opera transitions into another section. Bourgeois’s ending seems a bit inflated to me, quoting as it does at least two passages from other parts of the opera and adding an organ for additional sonic impact. Still, there’s no denying that it brings the work and the entire disc to an exhilarating conclusion.


The Keystone Wind Ensemble plays magnificently throughout, and with Bourgeois himself on the rostrum the interpretations are convincing and authoritative. The sound provided by engineer Bruce Leek is of demonstration quality. Recommended, and not just to band enthusiasts.


FANFARE: Merlin Patterson
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Works on This Recording

1.
Esprit de Corps, for band by Robert Jäger
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Keystone Wind Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Little Masquerade Suite, for band by Johan Halvorsen
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Sea Songs, for symphonic band by Thomas Knox
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 9 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Lohengrin: Elsa's procession to the cathedral by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
The slippers: Polonaise by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Russia 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 20b, Act 3 - Danse hongroise by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 21, Act 3 - Danse espagnole by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 22, Act 3 - Danse napolitaine by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  William Stowman (Trumpet)
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 23, Act 3 - Mazurka by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
10.
People Who Live In Glass Houses: The Champagnes by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1909 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11.
People Who Live In Glass Houses: The Rhine Wines (The Rhinelanders) by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1909 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
12.
People Who Live In Glass Houses: The Whiskies - Scotch, Irish, Bourbon and Rye by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1909 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13.
People Who Live In Glass Houses: Convention of the Cordials by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  John R. Bourgeois
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1909 
Venue:  Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Cente 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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