Another use of winds in the Classical and later periods was in small ensemble music.
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Carrying forward Baroque practice, composers in the Classical era also wrote chamber music for mixed ensembles of winds with piano or strings or wind concerti, such as those for clarinet and bassoon by Mozart. In the 19th century, wind instruments underwent extensive improvements, which ultimately led to the expansion and diversification of the woodwind and brass sections of the orchestra. Wagner augmented even those large forces in the service of the music drama , quadrupling in the Ring orchestra most of the woodwinds and scoring for an unusual combination of eight horns four of which doubled on special tenor and bass instruments known as Wagner tubas , a contrabass tuba , three trumpets and a bass trumpet, one contrabass trombone, and three tenor trombones.
In the late 19th-century symphony and symphonic poem , as in opera , the large, variegated orchestra maintained close ties with programmatic or operatic impulses.
Perhaps as a corollary of the expanding use of winds in the Romantic orchestra, the 19th century produced remarkably few concerti for solo winds and orchestra. There was a similar decrease in chamber music for winds.
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Brahms also wrote some outstanding chamber works for winds and strings, as did Franz Schubert. Although the huge symphony orchestra was accommodated for a time in the early 20th century by such composers as Mahler and Igor Stravinsky , two important trends in instrumental music emerged between World Wars I —18 and II — One of these was the ever-growing interest of composers in ensembles consisting predominantly of wind instruments. Stravinsky , for example, composed his Symphonies of Wind Instruments in , Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments in —24, and Symphony of Psalms in , the instrumentation of the last being noteworthy for its lack of violins and violas.
The other important trend was a relative increase in the proportion of new music for chamber ensembles , especially those with wind instruments. In this repertoire, such composers as Debussy Syrinx , , for flute and Stravinsky Three Pieces for Clarinet , extended the level of technique and the range of special effects demanded of wind players.
Experimentation has continued into the 21st century, with the electronic amplification of winds and the development of new techniques, such as multiphonics , in which two or more pitches are sounded simultaneously on a single woodwind instrument. Jazz has been one of the most vital sources of American wind music. The first jazz ensembles to feature solo winds— trumpet or cornet , clarinet , and trombone —were formed in New Orleans in the second decade of the 20th century.
In this early style, the soloists either improvised simultaneously or adapted their playing to the musical texture, the clarinet ornamenting the trumpet lead and the trombone filling in the chord notes and outlining the bass notes.
By the mids, however, trumpeter Louis Armstrong , arguably the most important wind instrumentalist of early jazz, had developed a dramatic solo style that did not depend on ensemble interaction; this style became a model for later jazz soloists. The following decade was the principal era of the big bands , the best known being those led by Duke Ellington and Count Basie. After World War II , the big bands gradually were supplanted by smaller bebop groups, which almost invariably included trumpet and saxophone. The recorded performances of alto saxophonist Charlie Parker , whose improvisational ability is legendary, are still studied and greatly admired.
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Beginning in the s, jazz musicians, particularly trumpeter Miles Davis , were among the instrumentalists who experimented with new sonorities and—with the aid of electronic technology—forged new links between jazz and the music of the American and European avant-garde. Wind instruments play an important role in the folk music of many cultures.
Most folk music for winds imitates vocal models, such as the folk music for harmonica played by Americans, the love songs for flute played by Native American men, and the bagpipe music of eastern Europe, which usually consists of richly ornamented versions of local folk songs. Many kinds of bagpipes are found throughout eastern and western Europe. These vary from the very simple ones found in Hungary, the Czech Republic , and Poland to the beautifully fashioned instruments with three and four pipes [which serve as drones ] found in Scotland, Ireland, and the north of England. Any Sac State student with music experience can audition for either group.
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Placements in these ensembles are determined by audition. Each audition will last about four minutes, and you should prepare only the assigned excerpts for your instrument and ensemble choice available later this summer. Wind and Percussion placement in the Symphony Orchestra will also be part of this audition process. All auditions are performed unaccompanied. Sight-reading or scales will not be included in the audition process.
Matthew Morse, Director of Bands Email Placement in all Sacramento State Jazz Ensembles - big bands and combos - is by audition only. You do not need to be a music major to be considered for these groups. The work includes transposed parts for both french horn and tenor horn and a fully notated piano part. This work is also published with a string orchestra edition available here.. Please listen to the mp3 excerpts below and view the sample score pages. ISMN M 0 3.
Illusions Tony Cliff Music TCM Four movement suite for french horn or tenor horn and piano with integral CD recording containing both piano accompaniments and full rhythm section backings with brass, woodwind, strings and drums enabling play-along. The movements are written in a popular and jazz-influenced idiom and feature plenty of syncopation in the lively movements with contrasting lyrical style in slower movements. Why not listen to the mp3 excerpts below or view the pdf score examples. ISMN M 4 6. Click for some sample pdf pages or play the mp3 excerpts below.
ISMN M 8 4. Scored for 2 cornets, tenor horn and euphonium this work opens with a bright and thythmic first movement followed by a more lyrical 2nd movement and a then lively final movement. It is ideal as a concert or test piece for junior brass quartet.
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