Sensational Spring Sinfonias – May 17, 2024

Hello MSW Friends!

Your section leader has received electronic copies of your section’s music. Please be on the lookout for an email from your section leader with your parts. Remember that you’re responsible for printing your own parts this concert cycle

Rehearsal starts before our first downbeat on March 13. Please take a moment to listen to our repertoire and study your parts. 

Listen to our rep as a playlist on YouTube.

Clef Club March, Europe
Quarter = 120

The Clef Club was the first trade union for New York’s black performers. It was organized by James Reese Europe, who wrote the Clef Club March for the first performances of a black ensemble at Carnegie Hall. 

Hammersmith, Holst
Quarter Note = 110

Hammersmith was Holst’s first band work for professional musicians (previous works had been composed for amateur bands). It was commissioned by the BBC Military Band in 1930. To prepare to orchestrate Hammersmith, Holst wrote Fugue a la Gigue, which we played on our last concert. Hammersmith was named after the West London borough of Hammersmith, where Holst lived and worked. The prelude represents the River Thames, while the scherzo represents the bustling, Cockney street markets.   

Legacy, Mier
Quarter Note = 66-100

In 2022, Farmington High School Band Students commissioned friend of MSW Shirley Mier to write a piece in honor of Farmington’s band directors. 

Noble Element, Mahr
Half Note = 92

Tim wrote Noble Element for the American School Band Directors Association Foundation in observance of the 50th anniversary of ASBDA. It was dedicated to the 2002-2003 MMEA All-State Symphonic Band.

Sinfonia in Bb Minor, Ponchielli

Sinfonia in Bb Minor was composed in 1872 for the Cremona Civic Band, which Ponchielli directed. It is one of more than 70 works for band he wrote or transcribed for the band. Cremona is a city southeast of Milan in northern Italy and was home to master luthier Antonio Stradivari.

Symphony No. 1, Mvt. 4, Standridge
Quarter = 80

Symphony No. 1: A Ghost Story is a symphony in four movements that follows a narrative.  A composer has passed away, and the symphony is told from the point of view of his widow. The movements loosely correlate to the Kubler-Ross stages of grief: Movement 1 (Unquiet), Movement 2 (Loss), Movement 3 (Midnight), and finally Movement 4 (Ascent). 

Listen to our rep as a playlist on YouTube.

Thank you!
Amanda Lanser
MSW librarian