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Title:A Conductor's Analytical Study of Vincent Persichetti's Symphony for Band (Symphony No.6) Op. 69
Author(s):Chester, Michael W.
Subject(s):Persichetti, Vincent (1915-1987)
Symphony for Band - Analysis
Symphony No. 6, Op. 69 - Analysis
Band Music Analysis
Masterworks for Band
American Composers
Symphonies for Band
20th Century Band Composers
20th Century American Composers
Symphony for Band (Symphony No. 6) Op. 69 - Discography
Hymns and Responses for the Church Year, Op.68
Round Me Falls the Night / Adagio Sostenuto
Band Music Orchestration
Percussion Scoring in Band Music
Band Music Instrumentation
Harris, Roy (1898-1979)
Schuman, William (1910-1992)
Mennin, Peter (1923-1983)
Juilliard School
Samaroff, Olga (1880-1948)
American Concert Band Music
Vincent Persichetti papers 1901-1996 [bulk 1930-1987]
Persichetti, Dorothea Flanagan (1919-1987)
Elkan-Vogel Company
Wind Ensemble Music and Analysis
Wind Band Masterworks and Analysis
Abstract:The lasting contributions of Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) to the realm of American classical music are due for a critical reassessment. As a composer, Persichetti wrote several works for the wind band medium, chief among which is his Symphony for Band (Symphony No. 6) Op. 69. From the time of its premier in 1956 and subsequent performances, the Symphony for Band remains as a pinnacle achievement and a fundamental masterwork of the wind band repertoire. This study seeks to analyze the work in the current context from the conductor’s perspective, examining the composer and his compositional techniques. It involves a careful review of scholarship and extensive scrutiny of Persichetti’s manuscripts, including two extant copies of his published rehearsal scores of the Symphony for Band with notes, other marginalia, draft source material, and his personal correspondence. Because of Persichetti’s tonal syntax, scholars have relegated his compositional style to that of a twentieth-century traditionalist, sometimes considering his works neoclassical. During his lifetime, many critics marginalized his works as the wave of serial and avant-garde composers captured the attention of both academia and the mainstream public. The year 2015 marks the centenary of Persichetti’s birth and it is the hope that this study will encourage scholars of wind band music and American classical music to reassess his works and lead the charge in their resurgence.
Issue Date:2013-05-15
Citation Info:Chester, Michael. W. (2013). A Conductor's Analytical Study of Vincent Persichetti’s Symphony for Band (Symphony No.6) Op. 69. (Master's Recital Paper, The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign).
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-07

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