Bells for Stokowski for Orchestra and for Symphonic Band by American composer Michael Daugherty , is a minute, single-movement tribute to one of the most prominent 20th century conductors, Leopold Stokowski. Bells for Stokowski for Orchestra stands alone as a concert piece, however, it is also the last movement of the three-movement work, Philadelphia Stories. The premiere was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, under the direction of David Zinman , in November A consortium, including universities from several states, commissioned the piece. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Michael Daugherty transcribed by the composer. Bells for Stokowski was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and musical director Wolfgang Sawallisch in celebration of their centennial. Each of the movements can be performed independently. Bells for Stokowski is a tribute to one of the most influential and controversial conductors of the 20th century. Born in London, Leopold Stokowski began his career as an organist. Moving to America, Stokowski was fired from his organ post at St. As maestro of the Philadelphia Orchestra he became known for his brilliant interpretations of classical music, his enthusiasm for new concert music, and for taking risks by constantly pushing the envelope of what was acceptable in the concert hall.
In Bells for Stokowski I imagine Stokowski in Philadelphia visiting the Liberty Bell at sunrise, and listening to all the bells of the city resonate. To create various bell effects, I frame the ensemble with two percussionists positioned stereophonically on the stage performing on identical ringing percussion instruments such as tubular bells, crotales, bell trees, and various non-pitched metals.
I also echo Stokowski's musical vision and legacy in order to look to the past and the future of American orchestral concert music. To represent the past I've composed an original theme in the style of Bach. Midway in the composition, there is also brief fantasy where we hear a Daugherty orchestral transcription of a portion of Bach's C Major Prelude from The Well Tempered Klavier introduced by two stereophonic harps.
To represent the future I take my original theme composed in the style of Bach and process it through my own musical language in a series of tonal and atonal variations.
During the variations I employ complex musical canons, polyrhythms, counterpoints, and move at will between various musical idioms, resonating Stokowski's enthusiasm for music of all styles and cultures. In the last chords of Bells for Stokowski we hear the final echoes of a long legacy of great orchestral performances in Philadelphia at the Academy of Music. From Wind Repertory Project. This work is the third movement of Daugherty's "Philadelphia Stories. Navigation menu Personal tools Create account Log in.
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Bells for Stokowski for symphonic band (2002) | Michael Daugherty, composer | Official website
Michael Daugherty transcribed by the composer. Bells for Stokowski was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and musical director Wolfgang Sawallisch in celebration of their centennial. Each of the movements can be performed independently. Bells for Stokowski is a tribute to one of the most influential and controversial conductors of the 20th century. Born in London, Leopold Stokowski began his career as an organist. Moving to America, Stokowski was fired from his organ post at St.
Bells for Stokowski | Michael Daugherty, composer | Official website
The disc title promises sonority, sonority, sonority. The sound is just as real as it can be, utterly without strain or congestion, the contrabassoons buzzing, the horns barking, the trombones and trumpets crackling. Their alert, lively performances have the electricity of a Texas line storm, but also are notable for their precise tuning and excellent ensemble. Two premieres round out the disc. It is a stunner, inspired the the image of Leopold Stokowski making a sunrise visit to the Liberty Bell and hearing the bells of the city begin to peal. Along the way, Daugherty makes a musical tour of typical American orchestral music textures of the past century, often piling them up in simultaneous layers. Two percussionists at opposite sides of the stage keep bell sounds floating above it all.