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UMD Wind Orchestra: Contrasts

Friday, May 2, 2014
Dekelboum Concert Hall

Music Director Michael Votta 

UMDWO in performanceThe UMWO ends their spring concert season with a performance entitled Contrasts, featuring works by Lindberg and Reich.

This final program of the UMD Wind Orchestra’s 2013–2014 season pairs the playful rhythms and varied orchestral textures of Magnus Lindberg’s Gran Duo with the blended, consistent and serene qualities of Steve Reich’s Tehillim. Lindberg, who served as Composer-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic from 2009–2011, is known for using musical language that is highly complex yet highly full of vim and verve. Reich is one of the pioneering composers of minimal music; his 1981 work Tehillim was the first major composition to reference his new-found interest in his Jewish heritage and it is seen as something of a departure from his earlier, more experimental, works.

The concert opens with a preview of the UMD Symphony Orchestra’s original interpretation of Copland’s Appalachian Spring with movement design by UMD alumna and renowned choreographer Liz Lerman. Learn more about the pieces and composers featured on this program in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

Magnus Lindberg - Gran Duo

Interested in learning more about Finnish music and Magnus Lindberg? Check out the following resource from MSPAL:

After Sibelius: Studies in Finnish Music Tim Howell
Michelle Smith Performing Library — Stacks
Call Number: ML269.5.H68 2006

From the book jacket of After Sibelius: Studies in Finnish Music (text copyrighted by Ashgate Pub. Co.):
"Tim Howell provides an investigation into Finnish music and combines elements of composer biography and detailed analysis within the broader context of cultural and national identity. The book consists of a collection of eight individual composer studies that investigate the historical position and compositional characteristics of a representative selection of leading figures, ranging from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. These potentially self-contained studies subscribe to a larger picture, which explains the Sibelian legacy, the effect of this considerable influence on subsequent generations and its lasting consequences: an internationally acclaimed school of contemporary music." ©Ashgate Publishing Company, 2006

Steve Reich - Tehillim

Don't miss this featured recording of works by Steve Reich:
Works 1965-1995 — Steve Reich, Steve Reich Ensemble
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number: MCD 3794

Fans of composer Steve Reich shouldn’t miss this ten-disc set that includes some of his most well known works. Recorded between October 1984 and October 1996, this collection was released by Nonesuch Records and includes Clapping Music, It’s Gonna Rain, Drumming, Music for 18 Musicians, Tehillim, Different Trains, and many other works by this pioneer of twentieth-century music. With liner notes in English, French, and German by composer John Adams, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, president of Nonesuch Records Robert Hurwitz, and an interview with Reich by musicologist and Rolling Stone contributor Jonathan Cott, this is a set of recordings that should be at the top of the listening list for anyone with an interest in modern music.

A highlight of this list is Four Musical Minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass — Keith Potter
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks
Call Number: ML390.P759 2000

From the book jacket of Four Musical Minimalists (text copyrighted by Cambridge University Press):
"The American composers La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass are widely regarded as pioneers of the aesthetic and the techniques of minimalism in musical composition during the 1960s and early 1970s. This book offers the most detailed account so far of their early works, putting extensive discussion of the music into a biographical perspective. The true musical minimalism of these years is placed in the wider context of their musical output as a whole, and considered within the cultural conditions of a period which saw not only the rise of minimalism in the fine arts but also crucial changes in the theory and practice of musical composition in the Western cultivated tradition." ©Cambridge University Press, 2000