The Instrumentalist

Articles January 2009

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Interview:
Beyond the Beat, An Interview with Stephen Squires
“I remember the struggle of trying to produce slow music that did not rush and quick music that did not drag. I found that the secret to getting an ensemble to play together is to put the responsibility for keeping the pulse on players.”
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Composers Workshop:
Musical Adventures with Michael Colgrass
“All were quiet and attentive as Michael spoke, briefly explaining that they would create a piece of music right there on the spot using graphics. It piqued everyone’s curiosity and left their minds open for myriad possibilities.”
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Online Exclusive:
An Analysis of Gotta Make Noise
Michael Colgrass says, “In eighth grade I was full of energy and itching to escape the confines of the conservative pieces we usually played in band. As a percussionist, I would have preferred a piece featuring the percussion of course, one that pulled out all the stops and went for broke.”
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Online Exclusive:
An Analysis of The Beethoven Machine
The Beethoven Machine divides the band into three sections and pits them against each other, with a wonderful result.
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Teaching:
The Secret of Success
“I learned from experience that students blossom at different speeds, and there is no benefit to rushing through a lesson book. It is more important to learn basic concepts and move forward slowly than to cover a large amount of material quickly.”
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Profile:
A Musical Family Sharing Wisdom Across Generations
Musical discussions in the Fuchs family are quite lively. During one kitchen conversation about marching, the men moved the dinner table out of the way for a debate about turning corners and when to use the right or left foot.
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Woodwind Clinic:
Headjoint and Body
This second part in a series of flute masterclasses expands on headjoint work by having students add the flute body and work with the left hand.
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Life of Reely:
From the Message Boards
While surfing the internet, Trey came across some unusual ads placed by directors.
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Miscellaneous:
The Journey of Arnald D. Gabriel
Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel started his military career as a private in a three-man machine gun crew in World War II. Although the other two men in his crew were killed by a mortar, Gabriel never forgot his friends. Decades later, he had a surprising reunion with the family of one of the fallen soldiers.
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Idea Exchange:
Thoughts on Conducting Myths

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Notes from Northfield:
Firm Resolutions

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