Charles Ives Variations on “America” (orchestratation by William Schuman) Philadelphia Orchestra Eugene. William Schuman. Variations on "America," arrangement for orchestra or band (after Charles Ives). Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Charles Ives Variations on “America” (orchestratation by William Schuman) Philadelphia Orchestra Eugene.
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The other recordings are boisterous and rowdy. A great collection for your Fourth of July picnic! The NEC Wind Ensemble's arrangement is vivid and fun, and the variations on america ives seem to have a great time with it. William Schumanone of the leading American composers of the middle twentieth century, didn't discover the piece until it was played on the dedicatory organ recital of what is now called Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, of which Schuman was the president.
As usual for Ivesthe original score had come down through the variations on america ives in a bit of a mess; Schuman adhered to E. Always a master of brass and percussion writing, he applied those instruments to the variations to excellent effect.
A brief, mock-portentous introduction based on fragments of the melody leads to a sober statement of the full theme variations on america ives brass over col legno strings.
In it was orchestrated by William Schumanand premiered in this version by the New York Philharmonic under Andre Kostelanetz in Rhoads, variations on america ives in The second movement Largo isn't any brighter, and the expressive character of the music remains deep variations on america ives profound.
The presto finale ushers in more coloration, at least in instrumentation and rhythmic activity, but the music cannot shirk the clinging darkness and tension. The piano, xylophone, glockenspiel and vibraphone try to brighten things, as do some playful winds, but to little avail.
In the end, one views the music as close in character to that of fellow American Peter Mennin in his mostly dark and dead-serious symphonies.