Sunday Bandstand 22 May 2022

Sunday Bandstand 22 May 2022

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) was a many-faceted American composer of great originality and a music critic. He composed in almost every genre of music, producing a highly original body of work rooted in American speech rhythms and hymnbook harmony.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 25, 1896, he had a strong sense of place— rooted in heartland America and its Protestant traditions. His early connection to music came through the church, through piano lessons beginning at age five, and stints accompanying theatricals and silent films. The music he heard was part and parcel of the wide world around him: Civil War songs, cowboy songs, the blues, barn-dance music, Baptist hymns, folk songs, popular songs, in addition to the canons of Western art music that he studied. After his education he joined the army and was stationed in New York City. He was set for embarkation for France when the war ended.

It was now that his musical career began.  

On this show we are featuring his 1949 composition 'At the Beach' which was written for solo trumpet and piano. Our performance is a cornet solo with the piano accompaniment. 

Playlist 22 May 2022


Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Abundance - Festival March - Marcus Venables Hannaford Street Silver Band (Canada) MD: Alain Trudel - 2017  'Journey In Brass' - CD - Opening Day Recordings – ODR 7451 - 2017
Fire in the Blood - Paul Lovatt Cooper  New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Ron Waiksnoris - 2012  'Pressing Onwards' - CD -  SP&S Recording - SP&S CD300 - 2012
Somewhere Out There from An American Tail - James Horner and Barry Mann arr. Darrol Barry  Bodmin Town Band MD: Howard Taylor - 1995  'Bodmin Town Band - Let's Face the Music' - CD - PM Sound PMSPCD 95601 - 1995
Estrellita - Manuel Ponce arr. Malcolm Bennett Euphonium Soloist Steven Mead with the Rigid Containers Band MD: Robert Watson - 1990  'Rondo' - CD - Heavyweight Records Ltd – HR004/D - 1990
The Fruits of the Spirit - John Larsson arr. Kevin  Larsson International Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2018  'Larsson in Brass - The Music of John Larsson' - CD - SP& S CD413 - 2018
North West Passage - Roy Newsome   Besses O'th' Barn Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1983  'Showcase for Brass' - Vinyl LP - Chandos Recording  Chandos ‎– BBRD 1020 - 1983
A Foxtrot Between Friends - Gordon Langford  Ensemble  de Cuivres Melodia (Switzerland) MD: Pierre-Alain Bidaud - 1994  'European' - CD - VDE Gall Switzerland - 1994
La Danza - Tarantella Napoletana - Gioachino Rossini arr. Gordon Langford  Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1983  'Black Dyke Plays Rossini'  - Vinyl - Chandos BBRD1021 - 1983
At the Beach - Virgil Thompson  Cornet Soloist Gerard Schwarz accompanied by Pianist William Bolcom - 1974 Cornet Favourites' - Vinyl - Nonesuch – H-71298 - 1974
Ruler of the Spirits - Carl Maria von Weber arr. William Halliwell The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain MD: James Scott  'The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain Vol: 3' -CD - Kirklees Music KRCD1022 - 1970s 
The Tops - T.J.Powell Cornet Quintette with the Band of the Yorkshire Imperial Metals MD: Trevor Walmsley DFC - 1972  'Sounds of Brass - Vol. 2 - Vinyl - Decca SB302 - 1972
Variations on a Ninth - Gilbert Vinter  Dalewool Auckland Brass (New Zealand)  MD: Nigel Weeks - 1998  'Power and Passion' - CD - ATOLL Recording - 1998
Six Nocturnes op 186 - No. 3 Poco Adagio  - Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda Baritone Soloist Kristy Rowe (Australia) accompanied pianist Benjamin Powell - 2012  'Romanze' - CD - Bocchino Music BOCC119 - 2012
The Victor - Kenneth Downie  Melbourne Staff Band of the Salvation Army (Australia) BM: Ken Waterworth - 2014  'Chronicles' - CD -  2014 
Erie Canal - Bruce Broughton  Brass Of The Potomac (USA) MD: Stephen Bulla - 2010  'American Rhapsody' - CD - Brass of the Potomac - 2010
Capriccio Italian  op45 - Tchaikovsky arr. John Howarth Buy as You View Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2005  'An Italian Night' - CD Obrasso Label  CD898 - 2004
La Boda De Luis Alonso - Intermezzo  - Gerónimo Giménez arr: Eric Crees Desford Colliery (Matsuura Machinery plc) MD: Eric Crees - 1997  'Bach to Bernstein' - CD - Hermitage Music  HMCD 7002-2 - 1997
Sounds of Singing - Leslie Condon Cornet Soloist Stephen Cobb with the International Staff Band - 2014   'Generations' - CD - SP&S CD337- 2014
Army of the Nile - Kenneth Alford  BNFL Band MD: Richard Evans  - 1996  'By Request - Celebrating the Band's Golden Jubilee' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 078D - 1996
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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