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The Maple Grove Leaflet

The Blog of Diane Whitacre, Composer

Sunday
Dec312017

Upcoming Premiere at SEDBDA

 January 2018

 

    The end of this month one of Diane's concert band pieces, A Child's Storybook, will be premiered in North Carolina SEDBDA Event.  The piece was written in 2016 and a preliminary recording was made this past May by the Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Fort Wayne  Wind Ensemble, Dr. Dan Tembras, Conductor.   Diane will be going to North Carolina to work with the honor band in a rehearsal and to be there for the premiere.  We are looking forward to the exposure and excited about the opportunity.

   The back story on this event took place in 2016.  While serving as interim band director at Bishop Dwenger H.S. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Diane received an email from Eugene Cottrell, Director of Bands at Pinecrest High School in North Carolina.  He had found Rumor Mill (published through TRN Music Publisheron their state's MPA List and wanted her to come and talk to the students and rehearse them on the piece.  Unfortunately, with Diane's duties at Bishop Dwenger and the distance, the trip didn't work out. It was very disappointing, but we were happy that the band had enjoyed the piece so much and also that it had made a state Bandmasters required list.   But God had another chapter for this story, and when Mr. Cottrell heard the IPFW recording of the score, he had just been named the clinician for their honor band event this year. 

   We are very excited and will let our readers know how it all goes, with video and pictures, and lots of show and tell.   

Thursday
Aug032017

Hot Off The Press For NFA 2017

   

      Each summer season seems to overflow with lots of activity, tag-teaming between my desk and the great outdoors, travel and home.  Thankfully I was able to get some new flute music written for NFA this year; Maple Grove Rag and Flight of the Superhero.  They are quite different in their style, but quite similar in that they are both available in flute quartet and flute choir versions.  The rag swings and the superhero piece flies (unless performed under tempo, of course).

   As some background, I have been doing some preliminary research on my grandmother's lyceum musical tours in the 1920's, and in the midst of this, often a ragtime or 1920's style theme has come to mind.  I have ended up with several melodies as a result, and one of these became the Maple Grove Rag.  As far as the superhero piece, as I sat up in bed one morning last June I was frantically reaching for paper and pencil to jot down the theme that was bouncing around in my head.  Often the clarity of these 'coming out of sleep' ideas floats away faster than I can get them jotted down, but this one decided to stick around for a bit.  Such a relief!  It reminded me of music to accompany a superhero, thus the title.  

   I hope both pieces will be a blessing for flutists, fun to practice and perform.  They were fun to write! 

  Both pieces will be available at Kathy Blocki's NFA booth, Blocki Pedagogical Products/Kinderflute at the August convention in Minneapolis, and also are available on blockiflute.com