Saturday, October 22, 2011

American Overture for Band

Joseph W. Jenkins (b. 1928)

This overture was written for the U.S. Army Field Band and dedicated to its conductor at the time, Chester E. Whiting. The piece is written in neo-modal style being strongly flavored with both Lydian and Mixolydian modes. Its architecture is a free adaptation of sonata form. The music material borders on the folk tune idiom, although there are no direct quotes from any folk tunes (Source: Band Music Notes, Norman Smith and Albert Stoutamire).

One of the most popular works of American composer Jenkins, the Overture is known for the virtuoso playing required of the French horn players. (Source: JRO)