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American Reflections

by Robert Wendel

A collection of patriotic and reflective music about America scored for full symphony orchestra.
Genre: Classical: Programmatic music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fanfare For Freedom
3:30 $0.99
2. A Stephen Foster Overture
6:15 $0.99
3. The Original Ragtime Band
3:57 $0.99
4. A George M Cohan Overture
6:41 $0.99
5. The Saint Louis Blues
3:13 $0.99
6. Saint Bailey's Rag
3:22 $0.99
7. Swing Ludwig, Swing
3:26 $0.99
8. The Tall Ships
5:58 $0.99
9. Trick Or Treat
3:33 $0.99
10. Ride of the Headless Horseman
5:14 $0.99
11. Towers of Light
6:56 $0.99
12. Meditation
5:40 $0.99
13. Commemoration
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album is a collection of original music and arrangements for Symphony Orchestra of music that is thoroughly American: from ragtime to swing, from flag-waving to memorial, from joyous to sad to triumphant! All selections were recorded live, in concerts with the composer/arranger conducting.

Comments from various concerts included the following notices:

The Portland Press Harold wrote:
The program included a superb arrangement of Foster songs by Robert Wendel... His "Stephen Foster Overture" included some of that composer's most popular works, including "Oh! Susanna," My Old Kentucky Home," "Swannee River," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "Camptown Races," if not Old Dog Tray." It was not only clever, but also entertaining and exciting, something that cannot be said for most arrangements. "Camptown Races," for example, led off with Lone Ranger music (Rossini's "Willim Tell" Overture) and segued into the Foster tune seamlessly. "Beautiful Dreamer" was a paddlewheel steamer fantasy, and the settings of the others were equally imaginative. The arranger threw everything but the kitchen sink into something called "Saint Bailey's Rag," which combined "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home," with a Sousa piccolo obligato and various other odds and ends. It was beautifully played and great fun.

Other reviews said:

Bob Wendel's "St. Bailey's Rag" was the hit of the show!

Many thanks for your contribution to our Katrina benefit concert...your arrangement [Saint Bailey's Rag] was a perfect way to end the show.

We received so much praise on "The Ride Of The Headless Horseman" by Robert Wendel. Thanks so much for your fabulous arrangements.

A note to tell you that the performance of "Commemoration" was a big success - both with the audience and, perhaps more telling, with the orchestra members themselves.

Tracks 1 - 8 are my impressions of various aspects of America: Patriotic, ragtime, Dixieland, Swing, the pioneers who discovered this land, and two impressions of "Halloween."

Tracks 9 - 11 are drawn from reactions and reflections surrounding the 9/11 attacks: "Towers of Light" is a musical expression of the annual light tribute at ground zero in NYC. "Meditation" is from a larger work, "Dona Nobis Pacem" and is scored for strings only. Finally, "Commemoration" is a tribute to those who were lost, beginning as a somber trumpet voluntary, later echoed by a second trumpet, and slowly building to a triumphant and life affirming conclusion. This work has been featured on the "National Memorial Day Concert" from the Washington Capitol steps in both the 2006 and 2009 PBS broadcasts.

- This album was many years in the making. I hope you have as much fun listening as everyone involved had in the creation and production.

- Robert Wendel, conductor, composer, arranger.



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