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Daugherty, Dahl, Et Al / Green, U. Of Miami Wind Ensemble


Release Date: 12/17/1996 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 212   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Michael DaughertyIngolf DahlClark McAlisterMichael Colgrass
Conductor:  Gary Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Miami Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is good news whenever a major work by Michael Colgrass comes into the catalog and Urban Requiem is a major work, lasting almost a half hour. In 1978, Colgrass won the Pulitzer Prize. His musical style contains strains of jazz, poetic quiet and rich Orchestral colors. This new work, Urban Requiem was commissioned by Gary Green and this Miami Organization. They gave it its world premiere. As they say today, Michael Daugherty is a "hot" composer with his own disc on Argo with Zinman and Baltimore. Motown Metal was premiered by the Detroit Chamber Winds in February 1994. It was inspired by the rhythms of industrial Detroit: city of automobile clamor, the 60s Motown sound and the 90s techno beat. It features instruments made only of Read more metal. The late Swedish-born, German composer Ingolf Dahl (who eventually settled in the United States and taught at USC until his death), originally composed his Hymn and Toccata for piano solo. John Boyd from Indiana State University prepared the current band Orchestration. Clarke McAlister has written a variety of music for solo instruments, Chamber ensembles and concert band. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of Edwin E. Kalmus and Company and Masters Music Publications. He is quite prominent in Florida music circles. The University of Miami Wind Ensemble consists of the finest wind and percussion students at the University of Miami. Its director, Gary Green, is associate professor of music and director of bands at the University.

REVIEW:

"This rambunctious collection of new music demonstrates the powerful invasion of "classical" territory by American popular music. For better or worse, rock is beginning to be a real influence in art music, whether in the collages of Klause Konig or the rock-band rhythms of Steve Marland and Steve Mackey. Here, Michael Daugherty's Motown Metal combines 60s rock with a "90s techno beat" to evoke the noisy energy of Detroit. Sounds awful, I know, but Daugherty's multiple brass slides and revved-up percussion make a compelling racket. By not taking itself too seriously and not going on too long,, Motown Metal manages to be fun. Mystical, and compelling altogether is the earliest piece, Ingolf Dahl's 1947 Hymn for piano, heard here in a skillful wind transcription by John Boyd of Indiana State University. The recording is dry, close-up, and incredibly immediate. Cymbals, high brass, and percussion erupt with great brilliance; the bass drum in the Colgrass piece is awesome. In repertory and recorded sound, the whole thing reminds me of Frederick Fennell's Mercury Living Presence LPs I loved as a kid. I have no idea whether this music will stand the test of time. For now, it's a real kick." (American Record Guide)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Motown Metal by Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  Gary Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Miami Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
2.
Hymn by Ingolf Dahl
Conductor:  Gary Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Miami Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Notes: Arranged: John Boyd 
3.
Elegia para Quijote y Quijana by Clark McAlister
Conductor:  Gary Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Miami Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Urban Requiem by Michael Colgrass
Conductor:  Gary Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Miami Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 

Sound Samples

Motown Metal
Hymn (arr. for wind ensemble)
Diferencias sobre Cervantes (Variations on Cervantes): III. Elegia para Quijote y Quijana
Urban Requiem

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