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today’s holiday: Carriacou Parang Festival (2014)

Today’s Holiday

Carriacou Parang Festival (2014)

The Carriacou Parang Festival has been held annually since 1977 to sustain the musical tradition of house-to-house serenading by acoustic string bands at Christmas time. Organized parang groups from villages throughout Carriacou, its neighboring island Petite Martinique, and Grenada compete for cash prizes and a challenge trophy. Groups comprise not more than eight members, all dressed in colorful outfits to reflect the festive season. Instruments used include the bass drum, guitar, violin, marack (shack-shack), mandolin, saxophone, and others. More… Discuss

El Capitan – Army Field Band (Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus)


El Capitan – Army Field Band (Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus)

John Philip Sousa, the composer of the song.

John Philip Sousa, the composer of the song. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The US Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus perform John Philip Sousa‘s 1896 march El Capitan.
Modern orchestration by Keith Brion and Loras Schissel Copyright (c) 1999 Willow Blossom Music Courtesy of Keith Brion.

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Dmitry Shostakovich, Festive Overture, Op. 96 (arr. for wind ensemble)

Dmitry Shostakovich
President’s Own United States Marine Band, The, President’s Own United States Marine Band, The
Festive Overture, Op. 96 (arr. for wind ensemble)
President’s Own United States Marine Band: The Bicentennial Collection

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Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith (PLU Wind Ensemble)

Dr. Edwin Powell conducting the Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble. This was recorded during a concert at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Hall on 9 May, 2010.

I. Allegro 0:00
II. Scherzo (Turandot): Moderato-Vivo 3:52
III. Andantino 11:07 (Flute Solo 14:34)
IV. Marsch 16:06

The Weber themes are taken from incidental music Weber wrote for a play by Carlo Gozzi based on the same Turandot legend that later inspired Giacomo Puccini and others. Hindemith and his wife used to play Weber’s music for two pianists, and Hindemith used some of these little-known pieces—Op. 60/4 (no. 253 in the Jähns catalog of Weber’s works) (first movement), Op. 10/2 (J. 82) (third movement), and Op. 60/7 (J. 265) (fourth movement) for the themes of the other movements. Weber’s piano duets were written around 1801 and 1818–19, his Turandot music in 1809.