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UMD Wind Orchestra: Fairy Tales and Legends

Friday, November 8, 20138PM Dekelboum Concert Hall

Music Director Michael Votta

The UMD Wind Orchestra in performanceIn a program entitled Fairy Tales and Legends, the UMD Wind Orchestra brings together music and video in a whimsical, storytelling program. Learn more about the composers and pieces featured on this concert in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

Igor Stravinsky - Circus Polka

Thomas Ades - Living Toys 

Constant Lambert - Mr. Bear Squash-you-all-flat

  • Recordings
  • Video: Check out a performance of this piece by the UMD Wind Orchestra on YouTube.

G.F. Handel - Music for Royal Fireworks

Some highlights of these lists include:

Living Toys — Thomas AdèsLocation: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number:
MCD 9966 A gifted young musician, Thomas Adès’ began composing when he was a student in London and has been a fixture in British musical circles ever since. His catalog includes works for piano, chorus, chamber ensemble and orchestra, as well as several operas. Composed in 1993 for the London Sinfonietta, Thomas Adès’ Living Toys is divided into sections that bring a little boy’s dreams to life in vivid orchestral color. Don’t miss this recording, which features several other works for orchestra and chorus performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Endellion Quartet and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

The New Grove Stravinsky — Stephen Walsh
Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks
Call Number: ML410. S932 W35 2002
The long-established standard in musicological encyclopedias, the article on Igor Stravinsky in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the authoritative source for information on the composer’s life and works. In this short biographical sketch reproduced largely from his New Grove article, musicologist Stephen Walsh chronicles Stravinsky’s early years, his travels throughout Europe and the United States, and his compositional evolution from The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, through his neo-classical works, to the proto-serial pieces of his later life. Fans of Stravinsky’s orchestral works and music for ballet won’t want to miss this concise but insightful volume.

Handel: Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks — Christopher Hogwood
Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks
Call Number: MT92. H15 H64 2005
World-renowned conductor and founder of The Academy of Ancient Music Christopher Hogwood explores several of Handel’s most popular pieces for orchestra in this Cambridge Music Handbook. The author explains the political as well as musical geneses of the Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks and discusses issues of performance practice and interpretation, while providing his readers with context through comparisons with other large-scale orchestral works by Handel. Hogwood considers original source material and in conjunction with recent musicological work on Handel’s compositional methods to give a complete picture of the origins of these historic works.

Streaming audio: Check out a playlist of works featured on this program, streamed through the Naxos Music Library database.