Washington, DC --
This week’s #MusicMonday release features Arnold Schoenberg’s Theme and Variations, Opus 43a, conducted by Gunther Schuller, and Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song, conducted by Timothy Reynish. From “Bicentennial Collection Disc 10: Guest Conductors,” Theme and Variations was recorded May 24, 1998, at the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, and Colonial Song was recorded Feb. 22, 1998, at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax, Va.
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From the recording program booklet:
Gunther Schuller is one of this century’s most distinguished composers, conductors, and educators. He has composed more than 150 works and has been honored with a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, and numerous honorary doctorates. He guest conducted the band at the induction ceremony of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in Arnold Schoenberg’s landmark work for wind band, Theme and Variations, Op. 43a Both Schuller and Schoenberg, along with the Marine Band, were 1998 inductees of the Hall of Fame.
Percy Grainger’s music is among the most sophisticated and evocative in the repertoire. His Colonial Song is a musical representation of his affection for his native Australia. This performance was conducted by one of the world’s most respected wind conductors, Timothy Reynish, of the wind and percussion faculty at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.
Bicentennial Collection Complete Program Notes