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Heartland Overture

By Diane Whitacre
Catalog Number†CB#274

The first section is a 6/8 march, using a variety of rhythms, often using a duple against triple feel. The low winds echo the melody, creating a žcall and answerÓ feel to the section, teaching the students to listen to other sections in the band and their role.

The middle portion of the overture has a majestic theme introduced by a trumpet soloist. The theme is expanded and passed around the band, leading to a surprise key change. Throughout the slow section the timpani and low winds serve as a žheartbeatÓ with a steady ostinato. Moving eighth note arpeggios add forward movement and flow to the section.

The 6/8 march returns to take the piece to a rousing close.

This recording was done by The Butler University Wind Ensemble, Dr. Robert Grechesky, Director. The band performs the finest in wind music from the Renaissance to the present in a concert series presented in magnificent Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler Campus, as well as other venues throughout Indianapolis and central Indiana.

The band has performed for many prestigious organizations and conferences, including the conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the International Percussive Arts Society, the Indiana Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Association, and the International Mid-Europe Conference for Bands and Ensembles in Schladming, Austria. In 2005, the band was honored to be the first American band invited to represent the United States at the first International Spring Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Band and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Robert Grechesky, played three concerts to wildly enthusiastic audiences, including performances at the Glazounv Concert Hall of the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory and the Great Philharmonic Hall (after Shostakovich).
Heartland Overture
Heartland Overture
Run Time 4'29"
Grade Level: 2
Instrumentation: Concert Band
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