UMDWO: What is Art?
Dekelboum Concert Hall
Music Director Michael Votta
The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra opens its season with a program that includes a variety of modernist pieces for winds. Learn more about these pieces and their composers in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:
Stanislaw Skrowaczyewski’s Music for Winds
Anton Webern - Concerto, op. 24
- Books: Anyone interested in Webern's compositional development shouldn't miss The New Grove Second Viennese School: Schoenberg, Webern, Berg by Oliver Neighbour, Paul Griffiths, George Pearle (location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library - Stacks, call number: ML390 .N44 1983.) Despite consisting of only three members, the Second Viennese School was responsible for producing some of the most influential music of the 20th century. Arnold Schoenberg and his students Anton Webern and Alban Berg had a lasting effect all musicians and composers to follow through their development of atonal expressionism and serial twelve-tone techniques. Learn more about Schoenberg’s life as he taught throughout Europe and eventually accepted a post at UCLA, Webern’s tragic death during World War II and the effect that Berg’s experiences in the Austrian army had on the composition of his opera Wozzeck. This slim volume provides biographical sketches of the three composers and light analysis of several works by each, giving context to their development as composers and teachers of the next generation of avant-garde music.
Walther Lampe - Serenade
Alec Wilder - Kindergarten Flower Pageant
- Books: Of particular interest to fans of Alec Wilder's music will be his Letters I Never Mailed: Clues to a Life (location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library - Stacks, call number: ML410.W6975 A3 200.) A little-known figure in the history of 20th-century music, Alec Wilder was an accomplished composer of not only chamber music, orchestral works and opera, but also in the area of popular songs (including the 1942 jazz standard “I’ll Be Around.”) His memoirs, in the form of unsent letters, divulge Wilder’s views on politics, literature, music and more. Anecdotes in these letters also refer to the composer’s numerous culturally-significant acquaintances and friends, including Aaron Copland, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee and Thornton Wilder. Learn more about this the musical and personal life of this versatile figure through a biographical essay, photographs, and Wilder’s own words.
- Recordings: A highlight of this list is The Uncovered Ruggles: Premiere Recordings of Unpublished Sketches, Transcriptions, and Realizations by John Kirkpatrick - Donald Berman, piano (location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections, call number: MCD 1266.) Despite the brevity of his catalog of published works, Carl Ruggles was known a musical innovator throughout most of the 20th century. An associate of such influential figures as Charles Ives, Edgar Varèse and Henry Cowell, Ruggles’ own works are a radical departure from those of his colleagues and contemporaries. His nontonal, polyphonic and chromatic compositions push boundaries and challenge his listener in highly distinctive ways. This recording marks a significant addition to Ruggles’ canon of works and provides an unprecedented look into the creative process of an American musical pioneer.