Four Influential Works for Winds
Huls, Christopher W.
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The purpose of this thesis is to provide a supplement paper over four wind compositions that were conducted by the author during his second year of graduate studies. Three performances covered four different symphonic and chamber wind pieces. All performances were given by the University of Central Missouri Wind Ensemble at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. Al Fresco by composer Karel Husa was performed on October 16, 2013 in Hendricks Hall; Dragon Rhyme by composer Chen Yi was conducted on November 22, 2013 in Hendricks Hall. Symphony for Metal Orchestra, Op. 203 by composer Alan Hovhaness and Dixtuor, Op. 14 by George Enescu were both conducted on May 1, 2014 in Hart Recital Hall. This paper will provide brief biographies on the four different composers, information regarding the compositions, detailed analyses of the named works, and concluding remarks on the status of the wind band and the direction in which the author believes the wind band is heading.