Neighborhood Concert Series: Wind Ensemble
November 16, 2017
Neighborhood Concert Series: Wind Ensemble
Presented by School of Music

Entitled “Culture Clash?”, the November16 2017 Butler University Wind Ensemble program consists of repertoire that examines the collision of cultures in a variety of contexts and timeframes. The program begins with one of the earliest original compositions for modern band, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Orient et Occident, an 1869 work in which the composer presents and eventually blends musical ideas and stereotypes from both East and West. Richard Rodney Bennett’s Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune features a Renaissance melody disguised in several 20th century variations. An Gé Fhiáin (The Wild Goose) focuses on the juxtaposition of man and nature, from the perspective of early Celts who perceived God’s presence in the natural world, and who felt that the Holy Spirit was embodied in a wild goose. As one of the leading African American composer of the 20th Century William Grant Still was in an ideal position from which to offer a musical depiction of scenes from the Mississippi Delta in a work he entitled From the Delta. The concert concludes with Gloriosa,  a monumental work from Japanese composer Yasuhide Ito that depicts the unique circumstances that surround the first Christian missionaries in Japan. Although the missionaries were initially accepted when they arrived in 1603, Christianity was later banned by the Japanese government, forcing early Japanese Christians into hiding, and transforming their religious practices into a distorted version barely recognizable to modern day Christians.

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