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.