The Best Band Music You've Never Heard

The Best Band Music You've Never Heard

No musical ensemble has had as varied a history and as wide a repertoire as the band. The development of the band and the music it inspired is one of the greatest stories in music. Each episode, musician and conductor Craig Dabelstein will present works for band that have for too long been lost in library basements, or works that simply never had the chance to reach us all. If you have a passion for bands, are interested in the history of our noble profession, or are looking for alternatives for your next concert, then tune in to hear some of the best band music you've never heard.

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May 3, 2020 16 min

The funeral service for the victims of the Nancy Affair featured the performance of Gossec's Marche Lugubre, a work that had an influence over the composition of memorial music for decades.

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A tour of national parks in southern Utah during 2017 inspired composer Jerome Sorsek to create a five-movement, 36-minute masterpiece celebrating nature: The Iron Garden.

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Known simply as the Chaconne, the last movement of Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin is said to be a celebration of the breadth of human possibility.

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March 25, 2020 12 min

As a first foray into composition in 1987, acclaimed conductor David Whitwell created a two-movement, 11 minute-long symphony for band depicting the "dark side of the Viennese Waltz."

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The score and parts of David Whitwell's Symphony No. 1, "The Viennese Legac...

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March 18, 2020 19 min

On the 14 July 1790, at the Festival of the Federation in Paris, François-Joseph Gossec performed his Te Deum in front of an audience of 400,000 and forever changed the instrumentation of the concert band.

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March 9, 2020 13 min

Ponchielli's arrangement of The Carnival of Venice, composed for band in 1868 is a tour de force for the whole ensemble, not just one soloist.

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March 9, 2020 21 min

In 1845, in an effort to gain a contract to supply instruments to the French military, the bands of Adolphe Sax and Michele Carafa competed against each other in front of an audience of 20,000 people.

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March 5, 2020 18 min

Did Beethoven compose any music for concert band? Find out about Beethoven's works for band we've forgotten, and hear the real story behind his work Wellington's Victory.

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