Architecture of the Ensemble

An educational DVD set, (2 volumes with two DVDs in each), entitled "Architecture of the Ensemble" and "Responsibilities of the Ensemble" featuring the University of Washington Wind Ensemble (Seattle, WA), conducted by Professor Timothy Salzman is now available from Nihon Pals. These DVDs are intended to help performers and conductors build ensemble sonority, tuning and musical interpretation in a step-by-step manner. In this volume Professor Salzman utilizes Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb major for Military Band" to discuss several important concepts regarding ensemble musicality and interpretation. In an approach that is clearly 'beyond the notes', a number of pertinent topics are covered including style, the authentic interpretation of music, the need for analysis and the essence of a musical performance.

Architecture of the Ensemble (ID: PADVD-0838)
Price: $45.00
International shipping: $40.00
Total Amount: $85.00

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Promoter: Tomio Yamamoto
Editorial Supervisor: Timothy O. Salzman
Performer: UW Wind Ensemble
Transrator: Miho Takekawa
Number of discs: 2
Run Time: 182 minutes(disk1: 31min. /disk2: 151min.)
Aspecto ratio: 4:3 Fullscreen

UW BANDS - Performer Responsibilities
Fundamental Approaches to Ensemble Performance
Professor Timothy O. Salzman
Texture & Orchestration
Rhythmic Interpretation
Audience Communication

Timothy Salzman

Timothy Salzman is Professor of Music at the University of Washington where he serves as Director of Concert Bands and is conductor of the University Wind Ensemble. He also teaches students enrolled in the graduate instrumental conducting program. Former students from the University of Washington occupy positions at numerous universities and public schools throughout the United States. Prior to his appointment at the UW he served as Director of Bands at Montana State University where he founded the MSU Wind Ensemble. From 1978 to 1983 he was band director in the Herscher, Illinois, public school system where the band program received several regional and national awards in solo/ensemble, concert and marching band competition. Professor Salzman holds degrees from Wheaton (IL.) College (Bachelor of Music Education), and Northern Illinois University (Master of Music in low brass performance), and studied privately with Arnold Jacobs, former tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has numerous publications for bands with the C. L. Barnhouse, Arranger's Publications, Columbia Pictures and Hal Leonard Publishing companies, and has served on the staff of new music reviews for the Instrumentalist magazine. Professor Salzman is a national artist/clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America and has been a conductor, adjudicator or arranger for bands in over thirty-five states, Canada, England, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, China, and Japan, a country he has visited twenty times. He is compiling editor and co-author(with several current and former UW graduate students) of A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, a new series of books on contemporary wind band composers published by Meredith Music Publications, a subsidiary of the Hal Leonard Corporation.

"Assisting students with their understanding of the artistic elements of music"

There are many abstract expressions used in teaching music, such as "Beautifully", "Gently" and "Softly". Sometimes teachers don't know if their students fully understand what these words really mean. Real music is made from the teacher's and student's struggle to come to a mutual understanding of these types of qualities. Generally speaking, when teachers listen to student's music-making, they are depressed that students don't understand. On the other hand, students get upset that they don't understand what they should do. It is a most difficult thing to explain music in words.
There are many band members who go into the concerts without fully understanding these important issues because rehearsal time is limited. This DVD tells us how to lead players to prepare to make great sounds on their own. It also explains how to construct an interpretation of the music that is completely unified. I think it is very important that teachers and students feel music together. Teachers usually teach students how to play nicely. Teachers see music only from their point of view and students only memorize what they are taught. It is not how music should be and it might take away the joy of music from students. People can grow up through music only because they struggle with what music really should be; to feel the joy of expression. Salzman tries to lead students to discover these artistic elements of music by themselves. His students are not waiting to be taught. They are willing to learn.
He sees the future, that his students will be leaders in the world of music and will have influence on many children's musical understanding. I strongly hope that you will learn his philosophy from this DVD and use it in everyday practice. I also hope students who play wind music in Japan will grow through music.

--- by Tomio Yamamoto, (Director. Kobe international junior and senior high school)

"An atmosphere that will lift the level of the musician"

I think the true ability of band is depend on what kind of radition and custom supports the band. If the band already established their own traditions and customs, the basic ideas are passed from the seniors to the juniors naturally in the band. This flow makes the foundation of their attitude about music. It is the most important thing for the conductor to create this atmosphere, even more than simply going on podium to conduct. In that way, this DVD is useful for those who want to establish their band's musical policies. When the musical attitude grows in each student, the band will be able to provide an inscrutable musical performance. I admire Salzman's belief as an educator who values the spontaneity of the students. The ensemble is in great concentration and some of the members even give us solid advice. I was impressed that Salzman asks students to evaluate themselves and solve their problems. This principle of ingraining the importance of individual student responsibility will bring the real meaning of music to the surface. If you follow Salzman's concept of growing through music, you will get a great deal of assistance in your everyday rehearsal and practice.

--- by Akio Marutani (Director. Yodogawa technical High senior School wind band)

"The magic word to change the sound"

If you see these two DVDs, you will know the role of conductor and the role of the players. These are the DVDs that wind music teachers can really learn from to produce a high level of wind music. These are becoming well-known in Japan. There won't be any detailed explanation on how to adjust pitch nor how to balance. However, there are many ideas presented here that you really should look into. The information given will make tone and musical expression change in a very short period of time. Many teachers in Izumo in Shimane prefecture actually have already seen how music changes so rapidly by following Salzman's lecture. It is very interesting viewing even though the students on the DVD have basic technical music skills - Salzman's lecture was still incredibly fascinating. He frames his lecture in easy imagery for his students by using beautiful comparisons. It is very important that his belief is based on many years of study and analysis because there simply won't be any beautiful music without this type of foundation. I'm sure that these DVDs will be so useful for teachers to teach their students.

--- by Nobuaki Watanabe(ex-Director. Izumo Daiichi junior high school wind band)


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