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GOULD, M.: Derivations / Saint Lawrence Suite / Symphony No. 4, "West Point" (University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Weiss)

Composer(s):Gould, Morton
Artist(s) Zelnick, Stephanie, clarinet • Weiss, Scott, Conductor • University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.572629
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Morton Gould’s wide-ranging output integrated jazz, blues, gospel, country-and-western and folk elements into masterfully orchestrated and imaginatively conceived compositions that have achieved immense popularity in the USA and internationally. His Saint Lawrence Suite, commissioned for the opening of the great Saint Lawrence Power Project, is the only original work for wind band ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for composition. The ‘West Point’ Symphony, Gould’s only wind-band work in this genre, has long been a cornerstone of the repertoire. Jericho Rhapsody thrillingly depicts Joshua’s famous Biblical battle, won by the awesome sound of trumpets. Derivations was composed for legendary



Review By Steve Schwartz,,July 2011

At least two classics. Morton Gould wrote a lot of music for band and wind ensemble, mostly because patrons commissioned him, but sometimes out of personal desire. At least one of his children played in the Florida State University marching band. His work in this area spans a wide range, both in ambition and in style, and a lot of it has entered the American band repertory. This disc represents only a small proportion of his output in the genre, and two items on the program—Jericho Rhapsody and the Saint Lawrence Suite—were previously unknown to me.


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