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Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble
|Compositions: Concert Hall
Composed in 1968 and recorded in 1970 by Donald Hunsberger and the
Eastman Wind Ensemble, John Williams' Sinfonietta is in three movements
(marked Lento assai, Lento and Molto allegro) and
scored for large orchestral wind section: piccolo, 4 flutes, 3 oboes,
English horn, E-flat clarinet, 3 B-flat clarinets, bass clarinet, 3
bassoons, contrabassoon, 6 horns, 4 C trumpets, 4 trombones, tuba, harp,
piano/celesta, large percussion battery (a minimum of 6 players) and 3
is characterized by striking vertical sonorities and long melodic lines, which in turn are contrasted with subtle jazz inflections. Williams utilized tight fugal writing creating tension and release through his apt use of the instruments of each family. The three-movement Sinfonietta provides yet another forward step in wind composition; unrelenting in its technical demands on performers, the work provides a challenge to the listener by the means of the tension maintained throughout the work.
DGG 2530 063
The Eastman Wind Ensemble recording of this work was released by Deutsche Grammophon on LP (DGG 2530 063) in 1972. The album, which also features works of Mayuzumi and Penderecki, has been recently reissued on CD in Japan by Tower Records (Tower Records Vintage Collection No. 8, PROA-24).
A 66-page study score was published by MCA Music (18106-044).
"Contemporary music for wind ensemble," Stephen Plaistow
Gramophone, September 1972, 50:505
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