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    The Way We Were - Alan Bergman - James Kazik

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    The Way we Were - M- Hamlisch - Pia Palmino

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    Close to the Sun - Peter Meechan

    "You know, I've never understood the idea of "perfect". But then I also don't know what "normal" means either. At least with "perfect" you can understand that it is reaching for something - although, in truth, it should never, and will never, be attainable: it doesn't exist. It's the wrong word. It's the wrong meaning.But if I can at least understand the idea of trying to reach "perfection", "normal" is the most redundant word I can think of. Very few people truly want to be "normal" - no one strives for normal. And even if they do, do they really have a notion that the concept of "normal", which just like "perfection" - at least to my mind - doesn't exist?We are all different. We are all unique. Maybe the only thing that is truly unifying about any of us is that we are all broken - we aren't "normal", and we will never, ever, be "perfect".No one personified this in my lifetime more than Freddie Mercury. I remember him dying and remember crying almost uncontrollably at his death - I was young, not even a teenager, but looking back I honestly don't know if my tears were because a hero had died, or that I understood the tragedy of how someone so brilliant, yet so flawed, could leave us here on earth.Nothing articulates the way I felt better than the last song the three remaining members of Queen recorded: "No One But You (Only the Good Die Young)". A tribute to Freddie, and "all those who die too soon", the line "They're only flyin' too close to the sun" (presumably a reference to Icarus, who in Greek mythology had wings made of wax, and perished after flying too close to the sun, despite warnings not to from his father) provides the title of this work.Opening with a "perfect" 5th, Close to the Sun is orchestrated in such a way that we will never hear a true, perfect, 5th. The twochords in the winds - simple and beautiful - soon develop, and become something different, something changed. Those chords, and their development, never lose their origins, but do alter - do become something different. Not normal, not perfect, but existing in their own beautiful way.Close to the Sun was commissioned by a consortium of schools, universities, organizations, and conductors, led by RobertAmbrose and Georgia State University, and is dedicated "from RJA and PM to Ellie - in memory of Dylan"PM - November 2018Commissioners:Georgia State University (Robert Ambrose), University of Alberta (Angela Schroeder), University of Manitoba(Jacquie Dawson), Bishop Lloyd Middle School (Anya Pogorelova), Esther Starkman School (Jeff Bryant), Vincent Massey Collegiate (Matt Abraham), Kevin Willms, Westwinds Music Society (Kevin Willms), Music Mentors International (Kevin Willms)

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    Lie in the Dark and Listen (Concert Band - Score and Parts) - Wiffin, Rob

    This piece was originally used on the RAF Massed Bands Concert Tour in 2002 when we were commemorating the role of RAF Bomber Command in World War II. It comprises the central theme of the fanfare 'Shining Sword' which was commissioned for the same commemoration. In the concerts this music was played underneath a recitation of the Noel Coward poem 'Lie in the dark and listen' which he composed at night while listening to the sounds of RAF bombers flying overhead on their way to Cologne.Duration: 3.35

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    MARVIN HAMLISCH, Tribute to (Concert Band) - Brown, Michael

    The musical world celebrates the multi-faceted life achievements of Marvin Hamlisch as composer for stage and film, conductor, arranger, and entertainer. This well-paced tribute features some of his best-known works. Includes: They're Playing My Song; What I Did For Love; The Entertainer; The Way We Were; One.

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    A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch - Marvin Hamlisch - Michael Brown

    The musical world celebrates the multi-faceted life achievements of Marvin Hamlisch as composer for stage and film, conductor, arranger, and entertainer. This well-paced tribute features some of his best-known works. Includes:Theyre Playing My Song, What I Did For Love, The Entertainer, The Way We Were, and One.

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    Renaissance of Wonder - Peter Meechan

    Renaissance of Wonder is a work for solo trumpet and ensemble (consisting of orchestral winds and brass, percussion, piano, 'cello and double bass) commissioned by Ryan Anthony, Gary Ciepluch and the Case Western Reserve University and a consortium of 11 other ensembles and individuals: Gary Ciepluch, OH, Vince DiMartino, KY, Birch Browning, Cleveland State University, OH, Dr. Brendan Caldwell- Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, OH, William Ciabattari, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, John Climer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, Dr. Jay Gilbert, Doane University: Crete, NE, Galen S. Karriker, University of Akron, OH, Matthew Salvaggio, Hiram College, OH, Frank Tracz, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, David A. Turrill, Muskingum University, OH.Ryan Anthony's battle with Multiple Myeloma has inspired all who have encountered him. The inspiration comes not only from his own, personal, courageous battle with cancer, but through his wider vision of the world he lives in; setting up The Ryan Anthony Foundation that supports his CancerBlows events (which in turn raises money that is donated for improved Cancer treatment and research for all); creating a legacy of music through concerts, recordings and the commissioning of new music for trumpet; or through something as simple, yet strikingly powerful, as his Foundation's tag line "Music = Hope.When first conceiving the composition, I instinctively was drawn to Ryan's ability to make melodic, lyrical, music sing in such a special way, and so the idea of a piece that had its foundation in words, a set of songs based on text, became a natural basis for the work.As we spoke more about the piece, Ryan mentioned the many quotes, words, poems and thoughts that had provided moments of inspiration and solace, which he sent through to me. As I read them certain themes became apparent: steely determination and drive, love of life and family, dreams and hope: no matter what adversity, no matter the pain, there was always a greater goal, a bigger picture. These ideas - especially the idea of a dream - became, almost through necessity, part of the piece.Several of the quotes stood out. Some for me personally, some because they seemed to represent and embody Ryan and all that he is. One such quote (from Merrill Root) became the title:We need a renaissance of Wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is a miracle and magic.From our early conversations, I knew that I wanted the Dylan Thomas poem "Do not go gentle" to be part of this piece. I have always read the poem differently to how it is traditionally interpreted - to me it has always been a lesson about life, and how it should be lived with purpose, making the most of every minute. The work opens up with an unaccompanied setting of the first stanza of the Thomas poem:Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rage at close of day;Rage, rage against the dying of the light.As a motor racing fan, another quote Ryan sent me stood out. Mario Andretti's quote "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough". The music in this second section "you're not going fast enough" strives to use some of that energy, and embody the spirit of Andretti's words - to live on the edge, as that's where life - and music - live also.The third section of the piece, "Hymn: Dreamers of dreams, makers of music" was written (and titled) not only for Ryan, but for his family. Their dream was their family, and of all the families he could have been born in to, it was a family of musicians. Through the Salvation Army Band heritage and church, Ryan would play hymns - and whilst not a traditional hymn, this section pays homage to his beginnings as a trumpet player, and his beginnings in life, as well as his time in Canadian Brass with a setting of the verse for brass quintet.The title has its origins in the Arthur O'Shaughnessy poem "Ode" - but I first came across the opening lines ("We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams") as a child reading the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl encompasses everything positive about life, and makes children all over the world believe that anything is possible. Nothing seemed more appropriate for this piece.The fourth passage (Rave at the close of day) recaps the poem and music from the opening, leading to the final section, a dream sequence titled "The deathless dream" (taken from the "renaissance of wonder" quotation). By their very nature dreams are deathless, and in its own way that makes dreams more important than life itself. We all dream, we were all someone's dream, and long after we have all departed this earth, dreams will continue to bring ambition, happiness and - most importantly - hope.Renaissance of Wonder is dedicated to Ryan Anthony, in friendship, inspiration, and wonderment.Pete Meechan, May 2016.

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    Ride On (Concert Band - Score and Parts) - Bernotas, Chris M.

    On May 10, 1869, the east and west coasts were linked by a golden spike in Promontory Point, Utah. The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad made cross country travel and the anticipated riches of the west accessible to the masses. Ride On celebrates the wonder and excitement of train travel. The journey begins with an exciting melody as we pull into stations along the way to explore new destinations, and then are back on track to enjoy the majestic views of the American landscape.Duration: 6.00

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    Scottish Dances - Peter Martin - Menno Haantjes

    Scottish Dances is based on three Scottish traditionals: Cock of the North, The Bonnie Bank's O'Loch Lomond and Marie's Wedding. I. Cock of the North's name is used for multiple things or events. For example for a locomotive to a famous, it seems, delicious liqueur, and rallies to snowboard competitions. Furthermore is "Cock O' the North " a nickname of a famous Duke. (The 4th Duke of Gordon). In this composition Cock of the North (a Jig) is a traditional Scottish bagpipe tune, regularly played on tattoos by Pipe Bands. Not infrequently the drummers sing the text. Auntie Mary, had a canary, Up the leg of her trousers While she was sleeping I was peeping Up the leg of her trousers. II. " The Bonnie Bank's O'Loch Lomond " is about a sad story that took place during an revolt against the British. In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie had to retreat. Two of his men were captured. One was convicted and executed, while the other was released. The spirit of the executed soldier would arrive in Scotland via the 'low road' (underworld) before his companion, who had still a long way to go. You'll take the high road And I'll take the low road And I'll be in Scotland afore ye But me and my true love will never meet again On the Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond III. In a Scottish wedding, after the official ceremonies, there is often danced. This is called a ceilidh. For this we use traditional Scottish music such as "Marie's Wedding '. Mid dance we go back to the church, where a lovely song in honor of the couple sounds. Marie's Wedding has been recorded by Van Morrison (among many others). Step we gaely, on we go, heel for heel and toe for toe Arm and arm and on we go, all for Marie's wedding

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