I always like it when I “discover” new music. New, being a relative term here, as the music in question was composed by Duke Ellington in 1970.

It’s his ballet suite called “The River”. It was composed in conjunction with Alvin Ailey’s dance company.

The discovery of this music came via listening to The Bluecoats drum and bugle corps warming up prior to performing this past Saturday.

Hearing the strains of Ellington’s piece (in particular movement 1- Spring) totally captivated me. I had to figure out what this music was and download it immediately. I became obsessed!

Here is the orchestral version of Movement 1- Spring:

And here is the Bluecoats warming up– you’ll hear “Spring” toward the end:

Reason #113 why I love drum corps.

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4 Responses to Discovery

  1. Harlan says:

    As a transplanted Wyomingite, I would like to hear your opinion of theCasper Troopers, how do they compare to other corps?

    • cb says:

      I have always quite liked the Troopers– they’ve been around a long time and have a nice sense of tradition.

      They probably held onto the “Americana” thing a bit too long, and may need to rebrand or branch out.

      They tend to hover down around that 12th spot, and just don’t quite have the horsepower of the very top corps. But this year they look to have a large horn line and seem fairly solid.

  2. Daniel says:

    This is gorgeous. I have to learn that horn solo at the beginning. I love the French Horn to English Horn transition…like De Falla’s Three Cornered Hat.

  3. Rich says:

    Just Beautiful

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