Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Meridian Brass Marketing

Meridian Brass
In our last class, we discussed how professional brass ensembles market and publicize themselves. I just discovered a very unique marketing technique by the Meridian Brass (No, it's not the Meridian Arts Ensemble). The strategy of a "theme" recording, combined with social media and interactive online multimedia creates an interesting advertisement for their next recording. You can view it here.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Blog Post Brainstorming

There are only two more weeks remaining for your blog assignment. Here are some ideas we discussed in class for blog posts:
  1. Blog about a work for brass ensemble that you like that we did not listen to or discuss in class. If you would nominate it for a "landmark work" explain why.
  2. Find a mediocre performance of a brass ensemble work on YouTube and then write a "virtual coaching" post. Be sure to provide positive feedback as well as constructive criticism.
  3. Compare a  brass ensemble arrangement to the original work. Compare two recordings of the same arrangement.
  4. Discuss your experiences organizing a brass ensemble tour and share what you learned on the tour.
  5. Compare and contrast two pieces from the same time period, country, or composer.
  6. Write a review of a book or journal article related to brass ensemble literature, performing, or a related musical issue.
  7. Share what you know about composers who have written for brass ensemble for a particular region of the world.
  8. Get inspired by read each other's blog posts and create a post of your own on a similar topic.
  9. Give us a preview of your upcoming listening presentation.
  10. Read some of the older posts on ABEL Central and write a post inspired by a class form a previous year.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Elliott Carter Brass Quintet

Elliott Carter (1908-2012)
Today, Minho began his listening presentation with Elliot Carter's Brass Quintet (1974). Eliot Carter was a very important figure in modern music in the 20th century, who studied with Nadia Boulanger and was influenced by Ives, Stravinsky and Varese and won the Pulitzer prize in music in 1960 and 1973. To assist you in catching up with your blog posts, please respond to the following questions in your blog:

1. What is the affect of this music? (How does it make you feel?)
2. How did the Carter create that affect?
3. What measure do you think would be the most difficult to perform and why?
4. Should this piece be studied in future ABEL classes as a landmark work? why/why not?
5. Compare and contrast this to Davison's Brass Quintet, also written in 1974. Davison studied with Walter Piston, Howard Hanson and Alan Hovaness. Who where Carter's influences and how do you think that lead to his own style?

To learn more about Carter, visit his Boosey and Hawkes page to view an excellent video on his early years here. Here are links with more information about the composer John Davison and the Chestnut Brass Quintet.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Behind the Scenes of Victor Ewald's Complete Quintets

Two of my colleagues in the Atlantic Brass Quintet recently recorded the complete Ewald Brass Quintets with Mark Gould, Dave Taylor, and Chris Komer. Here's a peek...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

David Byrne, of Talking Heads fame and St. Vincent have teamed up and created a very unique pop album called Love This Giant that is centered around a brass band. The writing is very unique, and not at all like your typical rock horn section writing. It is minimalist in nature and the counterpoint and instrumentation is very complicated. Here is a clip from their recent appearance on David Letterman. Wikipedia has a link listing the personnel for the original recording.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Berlin Philharmonic Brass

Welcome Spring 2013 students to Advanced Brass Ensemble Literature!