This month’s Web Exclusive audio downloads feature a contemporary work alongside an older march. Kenneth Alford’s “The Vanished Army,” written in 1919, is August’s March of the Month and was dedicated to the first 100,000 soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War I. The piece also carried the subtitle “They Never Die” and was a fitting musical salute to all the veterans of the First World War.
Conducted by former Marine Band Director Col. John R. Bourgeois, USMC (ret.), this recording of “The Vanished Army” was performed by the Marine Band at the former John Philip Sousa Band Hall (now Crawford Hall) at the Marine Barracks in southeast Washington, D.C, in May 1985.
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The Director’s Choice audio download is the contemporary piece Finding Rothko
by young, up and coming American composer Adam Schoenberg. Finding Rothko
was his first major orchestral commission, written for the IRIS chamber orchestra in Germantown, Tenn., and its music director, Michael Stern. Schoenberg used the paintings of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko for his work and the piece consists of four movements, played without break. Each movement is named after the principal color of the painting which inspired Schoenberg: Orange, Yellow, Red, and Wine.
Conducted by Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig, this recording of Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko
was performed by the Marine Chamber Orchestra at Northern Virginia Community College’s Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in January 2015 during the concert “Primary Colors.”
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