Laude (excerpts)

EmblemsBy Howard Hanson

Album Title: Emblems
Recording: USAF Heritage of America Band
Conductor: Colonel Lowell E. Graham
Publisher:  KLAVIER K11218 Reissue           Purchase CD

The reissue of this outstanding CD has been long overdue. Aaron Copland’s legendary band work serves as the title piece. A rare performance of Wallingford Riegger’s New Dance Op.18C is a special treat. Also included is the band setting of William Schuman’s American Hymn; both Ruegger & Schumann have made multiple settings of these works. In addition, this fine collection features Laude (Howard Hanson), Prelude & Dance Op.76 (Paul Creston), Dedication Overture (Vittorio Giannini) and Cheers!, a full band fanfare by Jack Stamp. Of particular interest is the concluding work; Symphonies of Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky. This particular setting is the original 1920 version which calls for alto flute and basset horn (or alto clarinet in F). Emblems should be an absolute necessity for your band listening library.

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