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San Diego Symphony Young People's Concerts
America, America! February 21 and 24, 2017
Jacobs Music Center/Copley Symphony Hall
String Family - Violins
String Family - Violas
String Family - Cellos
Photo credit: Beth Buckley
String Family - Basses
Woodwind Family Flute, Piccolo and Clarinet
Woodwind Family Oboe, English Horn and Bassoon
Brass Family - Trumpets
Brass Family French Horns
Brass Family - Trombones
Percussion Family - Harp and Celeste
Meet Conductor Sameer Patel!
What does a conductor do? Chooses the music Studies the music - knows every part Rehearses the musicians... shows them the
beat, tempo and dynamics
Performs the music with the orchestra in front of an audience
Born in Danbury, Connecticut nine years after the Civil War ended
Enjoyed playing sports as a young man
Studied music composition at Yale University
Made his living in selling insurance
Created music that he liked, not to please anyone else
Meet Composer Charles Ives
America (My Country Tis of Thee)
Listen to the original tune: My Country tis of thee Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died Land of the pilgrims pride From every mountainside
Let freedom ring!
Click once below to hear America (My Country
Tis of Thee)
Variations of a Sea Shell
What Should I Listen For? Variations on America
Click once below to hear Variations on
Meet Composer Mason Bates 1977 -
Was born in Richmond, Virginia
Graduated from the Columbia University-Juilliard School Exchange Program, with a BA in music composition and English literature
Is also a DJ of Electronic Dance Music
Has worked closely with the San Francisco Symphony and the Kennedy Center for the Arts
Score for Warehouse Medicine
The part for electronica is scored in the middle under the percussion.
What Should I Listen For? Warehouse Medicine for Orchestra and Electronica
Sforzando: Literally suddenly with force. These bursts of sound give the piece its mysterious and industrial-sounding character; they give a wa-wa effect. Electronica: Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production. It might be difficult to tell the difference between the brass instruments playing sforzando and the electronic music Beat: The regular pulse in music. In this piece, its played by the electronic instruments (the laptop) and gives the rhythmic foundation for the music. Form: This piece is written in a traditional ABA form where the first and last sections are similar with a contrasting section in the middle. Listen for a strong, steady beat in the A section. The B section features the trumpet and oboe playing a smooth, flowing melody without a strong beat.
Meet Composer Edwin Eugene Bagley 1857 - 1922
Was born in Craftsbury, Vermont
His older brother Ezra grew up to be the principal trumpet player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Is best known for composing marches
Known as The March King
Born in Washington, DC and lived there for most of his life
There were 10 children in his family When he was 13, he tried to run away to join
a circus band
Sousa studied an impressive variety of instruments- violin, piano, flute, cornet, trombone, alto horn, baritone and voice.
Meet Composer John Philip Sousa 1854 - 1932
What Should I Listen For? National Emblem and The Thunderer marches)
The feeling of 2 beats to a measure. Tap hands lightly on knees, march in place or go outside and march in time to the music! Then try your hand at conducting in two using a chopstick, pencil or real conducting baton if you have one.
Brass, woodwind and percussion families (bands dont usually have strings).
Click once below to hear the National Emblem march.
Click once below to hear The Thunderer march.
Was born right around the time that the American Civil War was ending
Came from a musical family and grew up in Texarkana
In addition to playing the piano, he also played mandoline and guitar
Known as The King of Ragtime
Meet Composer Scott Joplin 1868 - 1917
What Should I Listen For? Maple Leaf Rag
In the piano version: (played by Mr. Joplin himself)
Just one instrument Low notes and steady beat that resembles a march Ragged or syncopated rhythms in the higher notes Sound-recording methods were a new technology. May sound a little fuzzy.
In the orchestrated version:
Many instruments can you recognize them? Sound-recording technology is more advanced. Sounds more clear.
Click once here to listen to the orchestrated version.
Click once here to listen to the piano version.
Meet Composer Arturo Marquez 1950 -
Born in lamos, Sonora, Mexco
Is the oldest of nine children
His father was a mariachi musician
Attended the Mexican Music Conservatory where he studied piano, music theory and composition
Also studied music composition in the United States
What Should I Listen For?
Double-click here to listen to Conga del Fuego
Latin percussion instruments
Change in tempo
from fast to slow and back to fast
Question and Answer Time!