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Nicolas Flagello's Odyssey: The Birth of a New Work

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Published on Sep 30, 2012

This video follows the late composer Nicolas Flagello (1928-1994) as he prepares for the first performance of his symphonic band work Odyssey. In a candid, unrehearsed commentary, the composer describes the motivations and concerns that guided him as he shaped the work. Using clear, non-technical language, he discusses the thematic basis of the work, providing an insight into some of the developmental processes--both conscious and unconscious--that underlie the musical structure. He also comments on subjective, extra-musical factors that played a role in the evolution of the work, all illustrated by annotated score examples and photographs of the composer--at the piano, at the work desk, and conducting the rehearsal and performance by the Cornell University Wind Ensemble. The video was produced in 1981, in cooperation with the Cornell University Wind Ensemble, Marice Stith, conductor. The writer and director was Walter Simmons; photographers were Ron Tunison and Kathleen Talbot; graphics were by David Prebenna; audio engineers were Howard Lawrence and Marice Stith; narrator was Jenna Whidden.

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