Temple University Wind Symphony

Temple University Wind Symphony, Arthur Chodoroff (conductor)

Catalog #: TROY0271
Release Date: December 1, 1997
Format: Digital
Wind Ensemble

Rimsky-Korsakov's three works for solo instruments and military band, the Concerto for Trombone (1877), the Variations for Oboe (1878) and the Concertstuck for Clarinet (1878), date from his years as Inspector of the Imperial Russian Naval Bands (1873-1884). Not only do these works testify to the growing expertise in Imperial Russian military music performance (doubtless as a result of the newly established St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories), but they also give us some insight into Rimsky's ever-evolving compositional thinking. The composer acknowledged as much, writing in his memoirs that they were "written primarily to provide the military band concerts with solo pieces of a less hackneyed natures than the usual: secondly that I myself might master the virtuoso style so unfamiliar to me, with its solo and tutti, its cadences, etc." And in many ways these three pieces constitute "experiments" in that combination of ensemble sonority and solo virtuosity that earmark Scheherazade (188) as a masterpiece of Orchestral wizardry. The first performance of Karel Husa's Music for Prague 1968 was given at the Music Educators National Conference in Washington, DC in 1969. The work was commissioned and premiered by the Ithaca College Concert Band with Kenneth Snapp, conductor. Since that time, it has received over 7,000 performances in both its original version for concert band, and the composer's adaptation for symphony Orchestra. Prokofiev began composing marches for wind band in the mid 1930s, during the period when he returned to the Soviet Union. His first was the Athletic Festival March from 1935, in which he imagined a festival march for millions of young Soviet athletic. As well, the three soloists on this disc are all or have been members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Music for Prague Karel Husa Temple University Wind Symphony, Karel Husa, conductor
Athletic Festival March, Op. 69, No. 1 Sergei Prokofiev Temple University Wind Symphony, Arthur Chodoroff, conductor
Variations on a Theme of Glinka for Solo Oboe & Military Band Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Temple University Wind Symphony, Arthur Chodoroff, conductor, Jonathan Blumenfeld, oboe
Concerto for Clarinet & Military Band Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Temple University Wind Symphony, Arthur Chodoroff, conductor, Anthony Gigliotti, clarinet
Concerto for Trombone & Military Band Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Temple University Wind Symphony, Arthur Chodoroff, conductor, Eric Carlson, trombone


  • "The three works Rimsky-Korsakov wrote in 1877 and 1878 when he was Inspector of the Imperial Naval Bands are among the finest pieces for solo instruments and band that exist. They provide a chance for solo display without resorting to hackneyed transcriptions that are so common in band music....The Trombone Concerto is a special favorite of mine....Performances are all first rate. For the three Rimsky works you'll do no better than these three performances. The Prokofiev has a pizzazz that is missing from the older Melodiya issue....The Temple University group is a crack ensemble, one of the best in the country. Arthur Chodoroff is an able leader....Albany's sound is superb. This is a fine release.

    – Fanfare

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