Watch: Riccardo Muti conducts a brass band

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  • In case anyone was wondering, he was being honored:

    Il 27 giugno 2017 a Deutsch Wagram, Riccardo Muti è stato insignito della Medaglia Goldener Johann Strauss dalla Johann Strauss Gesellschaft di Vienna.

    Per la cerimonia di inaugurazione della targa dedicata al Maestro, ha suonato la banda Blasorchester der Musikschule Deutsch Wagram, Infantrieregiment Nr. 42, che il Maestro si è poi divertito a dirigere.

    Fondata nel 1936, la Johann Strauss-Gesellschaft Wien (Socità Johann Strauss di Vienna), un’associazione apolitica dedicata alla conservazione delle composizioni di Strauss, del balletto viennese e dell’operetta musicale in generale, conferisce questo premio dal 2013.

    Il Golden Johann Strauss Award è rivolto a personalità che si sono distinte per il loro desiderio di mantenere alto il nome della famosa musica di Strauss e di interpretare le sue note a livello internazionale.

  • It’s not all brass that shines in this “brass band” Norman, and I am not talking about the Maestro!

    For info: Clarinets and Trumpets do not belong to a brass band. In Italy they have a rich tradition though, as in other European countries, with amateur Wind Bands. They comprise of wood winds, brass and percussion instruments.

    A traditional brass band is made up out of just brass and percussion, with most brass instruments originally developed by Adolph Sax in France. Exceptions are the trombones who originate from a different family and most of the percussion instruments adopted from the Turks.

    A brass band (British style) typically consists of 10 cornets (9 Bb and 1 Eb), 1 flugelhorn (Bb), 3 tenor (or alto) horns (Eb), 2 baritones(Bb), 2 euphoniums (Bb), 3 trombones (2 Bb and 1 C bass), 4 basses (2 Bb and 2 Eb) and 2-4 percussion.

  • Yes, Norman. Even on the clip, it’s called a Blasorchester = “wind band.” As a frequent leader of such bands in the states, I’m humored that Muti is obviously uncomfortable with his “score.” In these groups, it’s often little more than a first cornet part with (maybe) a few low brass cues. That’s not always an easy task. One has to “know” the repertoire; there’s little reason to expect that Maestro Muti would.

    By the way, for all those snobs out there, Verdi cut his teeth with Italian wind bands!

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