Music Education Research

May 31, 2009

Five years is a long time in the Big Ten……

Filed under: Band — Rick Dammers @ 5:30 pm

Powell, S. R. (2009). Recent programing trends of Big Ten university wind ensembles. Journal of Band Research, 44 (2), (1-12).

Powell’s study is of interest for band folks, offering a glimpse of current university level programing.  Powell examined the repertoire of each of the premiere ensembles at each Big Ten school from 2002-2006.

What piece was performed most often?  It was a four way tie between Colonial Song (Grainger), Lincolnshire Posy (Grainger), Hammersmith (Holst), and O Magnum Mysterium  (Lauridsen/Reynolds).  

The most frequently performed composers?  1. Grainger (no surprise), 2. Ticheli, 3. Bernstein and 4.Holst.

 While the tops of these lists are fairly straight ahead and traditional, 50 new works were also premiered, indicating that the band repertoire is continuing to expand.  However, as Powell notes, while new works are being written, few of these works are receiving enough repeat performances to join the core cannon of band works.


1 Comment »

  1. Hi Doc! When the current composers can come up with something approaching the beauty of Grainger then I’m guessing it will be regularly programed. As it stands “Ghost Train” isn’t going to make us keep coming back for more…….

    Comment by rowantrumpetprof — March 17, 2010 @ 10:10 am

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