James Curnow (*1943)

Tonstudies for Band

aus der Serie Essentials of Musicianship für Blasorchester (Concert Band)
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Nº de artículo423771
Autor/CompositorJames Curnow
Año de lanzamiento1995
Editorial/fabricanteCurnow Music Press
N.º del fabricanteCMP 0025-95
124,99 €
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Nine studies designed to aid in the development of good individual and ensemble tone production and intonation.

Dedicated to my good friend, consummate music educator and colleague, Mr. Alfred Watkins, Director of Bands, Lassiter High School, Marietta, Ceorgia and his outstanding Concert Bands.


As a music educator of almost thirty years and a guest conductor for nearly as long, I am continually reminded of the lack of material available for teaching tone production, intonation, musical line, balance and blend in contemporary musical settings. Though there are an abundance of chorales, scales and etudes in pre-twentieth century settings, materials for teaching these fundamentals in the melodic and harmonic structures of today are lacking.

I have developed TONE STUDIES FOR BAND to fill this gap in our educational materials. Although each piece has merit on its own, this music is not designed for use in concerts or sight-reading. Please do not just play-through them. Instead they should be used carefully to develop good tone production. This will inevitably lead to better intonation.

Traveling around the world as a guest conductor, I observe conductors who spend hours talking about and working on intonation, while seldom spending time on tone production. However, good tone production must be developed long before intonation will improve. The old adage, "You can't tune a bad tone" is still valid.

Thank you for purchasing this music. I hope that TON E STUDIES FOR BAND becomes an indispensable part of your ensemble's rehearsal routine.

Kind Regards,

James Curnow

James Curnow was born in Port Huron, Michigan and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky where he is president, composer, and educational consultant for Curnow Music Press, Inc. of Lexington, Kentucky, publishers of significant music for concert band and brass band. He also serves as Composer-in-residence (Emeritus) on the faculty of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is editor of all music publications for The Salvation Army in Atlanta, Georgia.His formal training was received at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) and at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan), where he was a euphonium student of Leonard Falcone, and a conducting student of Dr. Harry Begian. His studies in composition and arranging were with F. Maxwell Wood, James Gibb, Jere Hutchinson, and Irwin Fischer.

James Curnow has taught in all areas of instrumental music, both in the public schools (five years), and on the college and university level (twenty-six years). He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In 1980 he received the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence. In 1985, while a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Mr. Curnow was honored as an outstanding faculty member. Among his most recent honors are inclusion in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, and Composer of the Year (1997) by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association. He has received annual ASCAP standard awards since 1979.

As a conductor, composer and clinician, Curnow has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe where his music has received wide acclaim. He has won several awards for band compositions including the ASBDA/Volkwein Composition Award in 1977 (Symphonic Triptych) and 1979 (Collage for Band), the ABA/Ostwald Award in 1980 (Mutanza) and 1984 (Symphonic Variants for Euphonium and Band), the 1985 Sixth International Competition of Original Compositions for Band (Australian Variants Suite), and the 1994 Coup de Vents Composition Competi