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NAHS Wind Ensemble-Symphony No. 1 (In Memoriam, Dresden, 1945)

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Uploaded on May 24, 2010

The New Albany High School Wind Ensemble performs "Symphony No. 1" as a part of their spring concert of 2010.

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Symphony No. 1 (In Memoriam Dresden, 1945) was written as Dan Bukvichs masters thesis. The piece was originally conceived by Dan to fulfill the requirements of a composition assignment he had dealing with contemporary notation and using sounds beyond normal instrument sounds. It had to deal with the realization of an entire piece of music from one germ of an idea, says Bukvich. This work succeeded in launching the career of Dan Bukvich into national prominence.

The idea for the symphony derived from a conversation he once had with the legendary jazz artist Louie Bellson. They were talking about the music of Duke Ellington, and a favorite chord he often used, based on the pitches C, Db, E, G. The harmonic and melodic elements of the piece are based primarily on this chord.

There is a program underlying Symphony No.1. It is meant to depict the fierce Allied bombing attacks on Dresden, Germany, on February 1314, 1945, which, according to most recent estimates, killed between 25,000 and 30,000 people. The four movements, Prologue, Seeds in the Wind, Ave Maria, and Firestorm, are derived from The Destruction of Dresden, an historic account of the bombings written by David Irving. Through modern notation, the human voice, and unusual adaptations of traditional wind instruments, Bukvich creates powerful, haunting timbres which evoke many of the emotions surrounding this tragedy. By both accident and design, Bukvich created a contemporary work for winds and percussion which, to this day, is considered amoung his most important contributions to the band repertoire. Bukvich downplays the significance of the piece saying, I didnt have any message in the Dresden symphony; I had to complete an assignment on graphic notation. Although extramusical symbolism and unconventional techniques are used by the composer throughout this programmatic work, Bukvich was not trying to make any revolutionary musical statements. Nevertheless, Symphony No.1 was a trend-setting piece that would mark the style of music wind conductors would come to expect from Bukvich, and demand from him in numerous, subsequent commissions.

From: http://www.bukvichmusic.com/comp/symp...

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