2 - FROM THE PODIUM/NEWS
The message is to remember that we are the primary custodians for documenting our history. May we have the wisdom to recognize the important moments that beg to be shared in the midst of fast-paced lives.
Respectfully submitted, Bill Wakefield, President
New Prining of the Mozart Serenade in B-flat
The Gran Partita, K. 361 by WolfgangAmadeus Mozart is widely acknowledged to be one the great treasures of the wind band medium. However, it is a little-known fact that the autograph score of this work, also known as Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major has been housed in the Library of Congress since 1941, when it was purchased with funds provided by the Whittall Foundation. Some four years later the Library of Congress went about the task of preparing both critical and facsimile editions of the Serenade; however, the project was ultimately aban- doned. Thus for many years the only available reproduc- tion of this amazing score was a simple photocopy that could be purchased from the Library of Congress for the nominal sum of $11.00.
In 1976 the Library of Congress remedied that short- coming when the U.S. Government Printing Office produced a stunning facsimile edition of the original holograph, including an introduction by the noted Ger- man American musicologist Dr. Alfred Einstein which had been originally commissioned for the failed project in the 1940s. This volume, created in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the founding of the United States of America, was available for purchase in the years follow- ing 1976. Unfortunately, over time the supply of copies was depleted and there was no funding for a second printing of the facsimile. Thus for nearly two decades this volume has been unavailable for purchase.
In 2006, the Educational Projects Committee of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) submitted an inquiry to the Library of Congress to determine if it might be possible to garner support for a second printing of the Gran Partita. It was determined that while the U.S. Congress no longer appropriates funds for project of this kind, the Library of Congress was eager to collaborate with theABAand any interested publisher that might be willing to consider the project. Dialog with GIAPublica- tions, Inc. over the next twelve months ultimately led to a collaboration between the Library of Congress, GIA Publications and theABAEducational Projects Commit- tee devoted to the single purpose of making this musical treasure once again available to scholars, conductors, musicians, and other interested individuals. This edition
is an accurate reproduction of the Library of Congress publication of some thirty years ago.
The American Bandmasters Association is gratified to have sponsored this project and remains hopeful that this facsimile edition of one of the wind band’s true masterworks will be a rich and treasured addition to countless music libraries.
Richard Floyd, Chair Educational Projects Committee American Bandmasters Association
Wind Ensemble Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presented a wind ensemble concert on March 30th at its home venue, the acclaimed Walt Disney Concert Hall, as part of its concert series, “Sounds About Town.”
Three university wind ensembles received invitations for this unprecedented performance: the California State University Northridge Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stof- fel, conductor), the CalArts New Millennium Brass, and the University of Southern California Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor).
The Los Angeles Philharmonic (Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director) launched “SoundsAbout Town” in 2004 as an innovative concert series bringing Los Angeles area youth orchestras to Walt Disney Concert Hall. The series gives young musicians the opportunity to perform in a world-class venue while highlighting some of the premier youth orchestras from the City of Los Angeles and beyond. The concept of the concert series was expanded for the 2007/2008 season to include this university-level concert band event, which proved to be a sold-out performance.
The three university bands presented a program of di- verse musical selections: Mendelssohn’s Overture for Band, Grainger’s Colonial Song, Bernstein’s “Three Dance Episodes” from On The Town, Nick Didkovsky’s Slim in Beaten Dreamers (for brass quintet and percus- sion), and John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus.
The concert received complete press coverage in the Los Angeles Times including a critical review by the newspaper’s chief music critic.
“The SoundsAbout Town series is one of the many ways the LosAngeles Philharmonic is helping the community experience Walt Disney Concert Hall,” says Deborah Borda, President of the Los Angeles Philharmonic As- sociation. “The series not only gives young, emerging