Bolcom's Band Repertoire Increases 

Marks Music is pleased to announce the availability of a new band transcription of the William Bolcom orchestral work, Inventing Flight. The splashy 3-movement work, commissioned for the 2003 Centennial of Flight celebrations by the Dayton and North Carolina Symphonies, and little performed since, is something of a revelation in this transcription for band by Dr. Jason Nam, who is a visiting professor and assistant director of bands at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

His new version is embraced by the composer. One interesting feature is a solo euphonium in the first movement, which may optionally be performed by a solo cello, as in the original.This transcription was premiered in April, 2015 by the Indiana University Wind Ensemble under Stephen Pratt. Marks Music announces it for rental as of this newsletter. 

To add to this list of new band works, last fall we announced the availability of a transcription of Mr. Bolcom's Clarinet Concerto, made by the composer himself. His new Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Band was premiered on February 2, 2016 by Christopher Creviston and the Arizona State University Wind Ensemble, and will receive its second consortium performance on March 9 by the University of Oregon with Idit Shner as soloist. (It is not yet available to non-consortium bands due to exclusivity.) E.B. Marks also sells the Circus Overture, score and parts, through the MarksPrint catalog. That work has already been recorded by the University of Michigan Symphony Band on the EQ label.

News courtesy Edward B. Marks Music Company