by Dr. Stephen L. Rhodes

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Table of Contents

1. The Medieval Wind Band

The Beginning of the Medieval Wind Band - Slow Acceptance of Wind Instruments into the Church - Medieval Civic Bands: Great Britain, France, and Germanic Countries - Court Wind Bands - Influence from the East

2. The Renaissance Wind Band

Renaissance Wind Instruments: Flute, Cupped-Mouthpiece Instruments, Double Reeds - Consorts, Consort Music - The House of Tudor: Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Elizabeth's Progresses - The Elizabethan Theater: Trumpet, Horn & Cornett, Double Reeds, Flute, Fife & Drum - France, Charles V - Music and the Military - The Battle - St. Mark's and the Glory of Venice - Instrumental Forms

3. The Baroque Wind Band

Monteverdi's Orfeo - Development of Instruments: Oboe & Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet - Stadtpfeifer in Leipzig - Composers of Central & Eastern Europe: Pezel, Massaino, Fasch, Heinichen, Vivaldi, Telemann - The French Court of the Late 17th Century - The English Wind Band: Military Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks - Mehter Bands of the Ottoman Empire - The Court of Peter the Great

4. Harmoniemusik and the Classical Wind Band

Roots of Harmoniemusik: Harmoniemusik Instrumentation, Contrabass--the Ninth Player - Performance Venues - Harmonie Literature - Prominent Ensembles: The Emperor's Harmonie, Prince Aloys von Liechtenstein, Prince Kraft Ernst at Wallerstein, Prince Schwarzenberg, Elector Maximilian Franz, Prince Karl Egon von Fürstenberg - Composers of Harmoniemusik: Franz Josef Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Krommer, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert - Harmonie in America - Russian Horn Bands

5. Revolution and 19th-Century Europe

Band Music of the French Revolution - Hector Berlioz' Symphony for Band - Felix Mendelssohn - Wilhelm Wieprecht: Prussian Military Bands, Toward Consistent Instrumentation, Massed Concerts and Additional Reforms - Richard Wagner: Early Works, Trauersinfonie, Huldigungsmarsch, Kaisermarsch - Edvard Grieg - Richard Strauss: Serenade in E-flat, Suite in B-flat, Fanfare der Stadt Wien, The Invalid and Cheerful Workshops - Antonin Dvorák, Charles Gounod - Other Works

6. The 19th-Century American Wind Band

The Brass Band Movement: Keyed Brass, Valved Brass, The Saxhorn - Brass Bands and the Civil War: Responsibilities of Bandsmen, Interaction between Union and Confederate Bands, Over-the-Shoulder Saxhorns - Professional Bands: The Dodworth Family, Great Entertainers, Monsieur Antoine Jullien - Patrick S. Gilmore: Gilmore vs. Kendall, Civil War Engagement, Oversized Concerts, National Peace Jubilee, World Peace Jubilee, Gilmore's Contemporaries, Gilmore's Band, Concert Soloists - John Philip Sousa: The Marine Band, The March King, Sousa Forms His Own Band - Creatore and the Italian Invasion - Patrick Conway - Frederick Innes - Arthur Pryor

7. The British Brass Band

Formative Years: Military Bands, Church Bands, Village Bands - Adolph Sax and the Distin Family - Manufacture and Sales of Instruments - Three Types of Bands Emerge: Patronage Bands, Subscription Bands, Volunteer Bands - Starting a Band - The Salvation Army Band - 19th-Century Brass Band Music - The Call for Original Music - The 20th-Century Brass Band Movement: Number of Bands, Public Perception of Bands, Acceptance of Women, Social Change and Band Literature - Contests and Festivals: Early Years, The National Brass Band Championship

8. English Composers and the Military Band

Gustav Holst: First Suite in E-flat, Second Suite in F, Hammersmith - Ralph Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite, Sea Songs and Toccatta Marziale, Flourish for Wind Band - Percy Aldridge Grainger: Folk Song Influences, Lincolnshire Posy, Early Works, Later Works - Military Band vs. Brass Band

9. The American School Band Movement

Music Education in the 19th Century - School Bands of the Early Twentieth Century - Decline in Professional Bands - The First National School Band Contest: Frustrations Ensue, Plans for Continuation - The 1926 Contest - The 1927 Contest - The 1928 Contest - Standard Instrumentation - The 1929 Contest - The 1930 and 1931 Contests - Subsequent Contests and the Beginning of the End

10. The Glorious March

Military Uses of Music - Early Military Use - March Form - March Tempo - Early Marches - The Golden Era of the March - Twentieth-Century Marches: Movies and Television, Circus Marches - Marches in a Variety of Genres: Symphony/Symphonic Form, Ballet and Incidental Music, Marches in Opera - Keyboard Marches

11. Instrumentation

Diverse History of Instrumentation - United States vs. International Standards - Problems in Instrumentation and Bandstration - Instrumentation and the National School Band Contest - The Clarinet Choir - Wind Ensemble vs. Symphonic Band

12. 20th-Century Repertoire

Repertoire of the Early Twentieth Century - Repertoire of the Early 1940s - Repertoire of the 1940s and 1950s: American Composers Make Their Mark - Repertoire of the 1960s - Repertoire of the 1970s - Repertoire of the 1980s - Repertoire of the 1990s


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