Florent Schmitt: Dionysiaques

I am playing this for the American Bandmasters Association Conference on March 6, 2014 in Montgomery, Alabama. I personally think it is difficult, specifically the clarinet part… Dionysiaques for Band, Op. 62, No. 1 was composed in 1913, and is listed on the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List as a Grade V. The title relates to…

From Music History

These are some pieces I have studied in either music theory or music history that I continue to listen to. The first two are from extensively popular composers and most likely know world wide. 1. Debussy: La Cathedrale Engloutie (The Engulfed Cathedral) 2. Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps ( The Rite of Spring) 3. Hector…

Concerto No. 1 in F Minor: Carl Maria v. Weber

I have decided to enter the United States Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition playing the first movement of this concerto. A recording is due by March 21, 2014.  Any serious clarinet player knows these concertos and Weber. Its standard, but it shows off the clarinetist. Being a romantic piece of music, composed in 1811,…

Music for Prague 1968: Karel Husa

I actually wrote an entire paper on this for my class. My writing skills are in no way great, so excuse the disorganization of ideas. I would love to conduct this piece or play it in wind ensemble “Karel Husa’s Music for Prague was written in response to the second seizure of Czechoslovakia by communist…