The wind band could perform a great public service in bringing aesthetic repertoire to an audience which has little access to it.
Music is a special language for communicating feeling or emotions to the listener. We all understand this, but we do not teach this.
The great genetic role of the right hemisphere of the brain is what creates meaning in music and is what we mean by “musicality” in performance.
And those who seek for the best kind of song and music ought not to seek for that which is pleasant, but for that which is True.
Plato presents questions about the arts which are only answered later when Aristotle founds the new branch of philosophy, Aesthetics.
Why is American music education based largely on grammar and not on music itself?
Danish composer Andreas Hallager presented a gift to Friedrich Wilhelm IV, King of Prussia, for his 47th birthday: an almost 900-page score of a programmatic composition for band.
It bothered Plato that not everyone agrees when it comes to describing the beauty. In the end he complains, “All that is beautiful is difficult.”
Beethoven said that music is a more lofty revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. What higher wisdom do you experience in music?
Audiences are disappearing not because of the repertoire but because they haven’t been educated to consider music as something other than background atmosphere.
With 500 TV channels, movies and sporting events beyond counting, should it be the school system’s job to provide the public with more entertainment?
The music of Richard Wagner has always been a favourite amongst band conductors. At times Wagner himself recommended some of his music as an appropriate addition to the band repertoire.
Move to the tune of tears that flow:
For tears are music too, and keep
A song unheard in hearts that weep.
Every musician knows that the purpose of music is to communicate feelings to the listener. But this is first communicated in the choice of repertoire.
The Longy Club was a large chamber wind ensemble made up entirely of members of the Boston Symphony and founded by the principal oboist, Georges Longy.
Pythagoras (580–500 BC) as a teacher is still remembered for a number of symbolic utterances. One was “Abstain from beans.”
The music of Gustav Holst has always been a favourite amongst band conductors. Now there are a great more works by Holst available for band, at all levels of difficulty.
Porphyry recalled that Pythagoras (580–500 BC) allowed no one to become a friend or associate without first being examined in facial expression and disposition.
Pythagoras (580–500 BC) has been judged by Walther Kirchner (1960) as “one of the most outstanding mathematicians of all times,” but by Heraclitus (c. 500 BC) as “the chief captain of swindlers.”
Heraclitus (c. 513 BC) was one of the first philosophers to question the consideration given by musicians to their audience.
The choice of every conductor is to be either an entertainer or a source of uplifting and enlightening the audience. This choice will determine the cultural identity of bands in the future.
Thales (640–546 BC) famously observed, “A lack of culture is a serious thing.” Would he be uncomfortable today in America?
Gorgias (c. 425 BC) wrote: How can language even express what we perceive through our senses?