Among contemporary band composers, there are few who rival the musical depth thatFrank Ticheli plumbs.
Frank Ticheli’s compositions for band in
clude works that range fromliterature for younger students (e.g.,
Portrait of a Clown
) to professional-level compositions(e.g.,
Angels in the Architectur
e). Several analyses of his compositions are included in the
Teaching Music Through Performance
series, and his compositions have been featuredin The
and listed in the books
Best Music for High School Band
s music has been praised by the Los Angeles Times
and the NewYork Times,
and several of his works have been placed on over 20 state lists by band directorassociations. Tic
heli’s works are more than
great music, they are highly educational and allowstudents to develop both artistry and technicality.
is an example of one such work.
Ticheli’s setting of
waswritten in 1994. It was commissioned by John Whitwell, the conductor of Bands at MichiganState University, in memory of his father. Although the composition was written
as Ticheli admits,
rich textures, authentic harmonies (rather than novelharmonies and clever tricks),
and mature orchestration used in the composition require asense of inherent musical interpretation which can challenge any ensemble, regardless of itslevel of playing ability.
Ticheli states that he wanted his composition to reflect the “powerful
Baumer Thopmson, “
Exploring Vesuvius with Frank Ticheli
, (June 2001): 22-26.
John Darling, “
A Study of Wind
Band Music of Frank Ticheli with an Analysis of Fortress, Postcard and Vesuvius.
http://etd.ohiolink.edu/send-pdf.cgi/Darling%20John%20A.pdf?osu1224192963, 2. (accessed Sep 4,2012).
Los Angeles archives of Ticheli articles, http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/frank-ticheli
Bernard Holland, Reviews/Music; Re-enacting the Conflict Of Brahms vs. Wagnerhttp://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/13/arts/reviews-music-re-enacting-the-conflict-of-brahms-vs-wagner.html (accessed Dec 7, 2012).
Frank Ticheli, Program Notes to
(NY, Manhatten Beach Company, 1994).
Ticheli, Program Notes.