Conductor Guides to Three Standard Works for Wind Band: Eric Whitacre's October, Gordon Jacob's An Original Suite, and Ottorino Respighi's Huntingtower: Ballad for Band
Master of Music
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Morehouse, Christopher L.
AN ABSTRACT OF THE DOCUMENT OF
JORDAN E. KINSEY for the MASTER OF MUSIC degree in WIND CONDUCTING presented on APRIL 7, 2011 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
TITLE: CONDUCTOR GUIDES TO THREE STANDARD WORKS FOR WIND BAND: ERIC WHITACRE’S OCTOBER, GORDON JACOB’S AN ORIGINAL SUITE, AND OTTORINO RESPIGHI’S HUNTINGTOWER: BALLAD FOR BAND
MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Christopher Morehouse
The purpose of this document is to provide guides for the preparation and performance of three standard works for wind band. The works included are October by Eric Whitacre, An Original Suite by Gordon Jacob, and Huntingtower: Ballad for Band by Ottorino Respighi.
Each guide includes six sections. The first section is a brief biography of the composer, with a focus on his compositional style and a brief survey of his works for winds. The second section discusses the circumstances surrounding the composition of the work and includes publication details. The third section provides an analysis of the work, following the guidelines set forth in Frank Battisti and Robert Garofalo’s Guide to Score Study for the Wind Band Conductor. The fourth section consists of a guide for rehearsal of the work, including commonly encountered performance errors. The fifth section is comprised of an errata list for scores and parts. The sixth and final section includes a discussion of commercially available recordings of the work and the quantitative differences between them.