By Douglas M. Jordan
This reference consultant to the lifestyles and paintings of the prolific American wind band composer, Alfred Reed, encompasses a short biography by way of certain bibliography and discography sections. The biography strains Reed's existence and people studies that helped to form his song and philosophies. recognition is given to Reed's recognition with and affects upon bands through the international and particularly in Japan. an entire directory of Reed's greater than 250 works and premiers are classified through style. The huge discography part cites greater than four hundred recordings, and the bibliography part comprises the numerous writings by way of and approximately Reed.This special reference will entice tune students and band administrators with an curiosity in Alfred Reed and in wind band tune. As an invaluable learn instrument, every one portion of the amount is cross-referenced. also, appendices checklist Reed's compositions, one alphabetically and the opposite chronologically.
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His Tears, Idle Tears was based on a text by Alfred, Lord Biography 31 Tennyson. " While at Baylor, Reed began working on, but did not finish, Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra, the composition that would ultimately fulfill the requirements for his Master of Music degree in composition at Baylor. He had never written a large orchestral work before this one and decided to construct this piece of music in two sections, Lento and Allegro, based on a theme t h a t was heavily influenced by Bartok's music.
Most bases t h a t h a d a band were limited to one authorized group, but the Atlantic City base was an exception to t h a t rule. This base was known as a Technical Training Command (TTC) center, which trained the support personnel for pilots. Because of the number of troops assigned for training in Atlantic City, the base w a s authorized to have two 28-member bands. The instrumentation of these bands, for which Reed did much of his writing, consisted of one piccolo, one flute, six B-flat clarinets, two Eb alto saxophones, one Bb tenor saxophone, three French horns, five trumpets and cornets, three trombones, one baritone, two tubas, and three percussion.
Reed relates some of his conversation with Harris about this matter. He [Harris] said t h a t the best thing t h a t he had been able to come up with is t h a t I should write a new Russian work for the occasion, and with t h a t he hung up the phone! " He said, "well, just don't make it too long, only about 14 or 15 minutes," and with t h a t he hung up the phone again. 3 1 Reed immediately went to see Warrant Officer Landers. Reed walked into Landers's office and did not have time to say anything before Landers told him t h a t Harris had already communicated with him and t h a t Reed was to begin working on the composition.