"Valuable and fascinating reading for musicians at all levels."
- Mallory Thompson, from the Foreword
Composers on Composing for Band
Edited by Mark Camphouse
James Barnes, Timothy Broege, Mark Camphouse, David Gillingham, David R. Holsinger, Karel Husa, Timothy Mahr, W. Francis Mcbeth, Robert Sheldon, Jack Stamp, Frank Ticheli
Composers on Composing for Band gives fresh insight and perspective into the world of music from the ultimate source of its creativity-the composer.
In this volume, eleven of the world's most highly respected band composers (David Gillingham, Karel Husa, W. Francis McBeth, and Frank Ticheli to name just a few) share their lives and work.
The composers follow a uniform format in each chapter that culminates with a comprehensive list of their works for band. In addition, the composers give personal perspectives on the creative process, orchestration, commissioning new works, teaching composition, and the future of the wind band. Each composer also lists ten works all band conductors should study and ten composers whose music speaks in especially meaningful ways. Personal life stories round out each chapter.
Conceived and edited by composer-conductor Mark Camphouse, this unique yet practical book delves whole-heartedly into the composer's world, through his own words. This book provides the reader with a greater degree of understanding and respect for both the creative and re-creative processes, and ultimately will contribute to a strengthening of the band profession through more thoughtful interpretations and more musically sensitive performances.