Essays The Maxime Principle: Thoughts on the origin of dynamic markings Tenuto and Fermata: Rebels Against the Tyranny of Notation On the Significance of the Title The Conductor and his
Fennell-EWE-Hindemith Liner NotesFennell-EWE-Hindemith Liner Notes
Frederick Fennell/Eastman Wind Ensemble Hindemith – Schoenberg – Stravinsky Recorded 24 March 1957 Mercury Living Presence Mono Catalog No.: MG50143 Stereo Catalog No.: SR90143 Paul Hindemith: Symphony in B Flat
On the origins of Symbols for DynamicsOn the origins of Symbols for Dynamics
The Milan Lectures, part 3 David Whitwell On the origins of Symbols for Dynamics Here we discuss the symbols for dynamics used in the notation of music—the lower case p
Where does Music exist?Where does Music exist?
The Milan Lectures, part 2 David Whitwell Where does Music Exist? In the first lecture in this series I mentioned that Aristotle invented a new branch of philosophy called Aesthetics.
What is the purpose of performance?What is the purpose of performance?
The Milan Lectures, part 1 David Whitwell What is the Purpose of Performance? This is a very important decision for which every conductor must make a choice in preparing a
The Early Documentation of Emotion in MusicThe Early Documentation of Emotion in Music
Thoughts on The Early Documentation of Emotion in Music The earliest documentation we have of conductors is the images we see of them in the tomb paintings of ancient Egypt.
A Cheat’s Guide to Score MemorizationA Cheat’s Guide to Score Memorization
Music is a special language for communicating feeling. Your job as the conductor is to work out what the composer felt, not what they wrote. There is no music in
How to teach emotionHow to teach emotion
Music is a special language to communicate feeling. All aspects of music performance—composing, repertoire selection, programming, rehearsal technique, conducting and baton technique, recording—should stem from this fundamental truth. Unfortunately, when
The aesthetic challenge for the wind band in the futureThe aesthetic challenge for the wind band in the future
The wind band could perform a great public service in bringing aesthetic repertoire to an audience which has little access to it.
On some problems in performanceOn some problems in performance
Considerations for the future of wind bands, part 3 First we must redefine the word “Music.” Music is something which happens live before a listener. A recording of music is
The need to rethink how we teach musicThe need to rethink how we teach music
Music is a special language for communicating feeling or emotions to the listener. We all understand this, but we do not teach this.
The language of musicThe language of music
The great genetic role of the right hemisphere of the brain is what creates meaning in music and is what we mean by "musicality" in performance.
Question Nr. 27Question Nr. 27
And those who seek for the best kind of song and music ought not to seek for that which is pleasant, but for that which is True.
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Plato presents questions about the arts which are only answered later when Aristotle founds the new branch of philosophy, Aesthetics.
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Why is American music education based largely on grammar and not on music itself?
The King Kong of Band Music!The King Kong of Band Music!
Danish composer Andreas Hallager presented a gift to Friedrich Wilhelm IV, King of Prussia, for his 47th birthday: an almost 900-page score of a programmatic composition for band.
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It bothered Plato that not everyone agrees when it comes to describing the beauty. In the end he complains, "All that is beautiful is difficult."
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Beethoven said that music is a more lofty revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. What higher wisdom do you experience in music?
On the teaching of listeningOn the teaching of listening
Audiences are disappearing not because of the repertoire but because they haven't been educated to consider music as something other than background atmosphere.
Question Nr. 22Question Nr. 22
With 500 TV channels, movies and sporting events beyond counting, should it be the school system's job to provide the public with more entertainment?
Wagner for Band: A Repertoire ListWagner for Band: A Repertoire List
The music of Richard Wagner has always been a favourite amongst band conductors. At times Wagner himself recommended some of his music as an appropriate addition to the band repertoire.
Question Nr. 21Question Nr. 21
Move to the tune of tears that flow: For tears are music too, and keep A song unheard in hearts that weep.
Question Nr. 20Question Nr. 20
Every musician knows that the purpose of music is to communicate feelings to the listener. But this is first communicated in the choice of repertoire.
The Longy Club: 1900–1917The Longy Club: 1900–1917
The Longy Club was a large chamber wind ensemble made up entirely of members of the Boston Symphony and founded by the principal oboist, Georges Longy.
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Pythagoras (580–500 BC) as a teacher is still remembered for a number of symbolic utterances. One was "Abstain from beans."