On December 17, 2021, Joseph T. Spaniola’s newly published music composition, RESOUNDING JOY will be presented at the Midwest Clinic (Chicago, IL), an International Band and Orchestra Conference. Stop by W184 at 12:15 for the Concert Band New Music Reading Session to hear this and other new works. Stop by the Musica Propria booth (#1700) anytime to see this and other great music from Julie Giroux, Joseph T. Spaniola and Karel Butz.
Joseph T. Spaniola’s THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS (narrator and wind ensemble) is featured on the syndicated radio program, “Wind & Rhythm,” Episode 643, An Eagle Nation. This episode celebrates Native American Heritage Month with songs pertaining to Native American culture and events. The program “travel[s] from the far north with Michael Colgrass to the American southwest with Joseph Spaniola. We’ll hear traditional flute music with Robert Tree Cody and a trumpet concerto written by Thomas Sleeper.” Follow the link to hear the program: http://www.windandrhythm.com/episodes
To listen to the music on this site: https://josephspaniola.com/music/the-navajo-code-talkers-2/
The Navajo Code Talkers (narrator and wind ensemble), Joseph T. Spaniola
Joseph T. Spaniola’s arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Jauchzet, Frohlocket! (Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 I) is on DASHING VOL II (Navona Records), a festive assortment of new classical and jazz arrangements and composition inspired by staples of the holiday season. Spaniola’s music was written for organist Joseph Galema — music director and academy organist at the U.S. Air Force Academy (1982-2014) — and members of Stellar Brass. The work was recorded in the Protestant Chapel of the iconic U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel and utilizes the chapel’s M.P. Möller (Opus 9480, 1963) organ.
To listen, stream or buy, follow this link: https://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6374/
Joseph T. Spaniola is the featured artist in “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of PARMA Recording artists. The interview is in conjunction with his October release of his ARMENIAN STIRRINGS (Clarinet and Piano) on PINNACLE VOL 2 (Navona Records). To view the interview, follow this link: https://www.parmarecordings.com/inside-story-joseph-t-spaniola-and-pinnacle-vol-2/
Joseph T. Spaniola’s THOMAS JEFFERSON: LIFE LINES (Orchestra and voices) has been released on WOVEN IN TIME (Navona Records: https://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/NV6369/) recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (Brno, Czech Republic).
THOMAS JEFFERSON: LIFE LINES is a five movement composition based on excerpts culled from over 19,000 extent, eloquently and passionately written personal letters of Thomas Jefferson. His letters address almost every subject imaginable. The selected excerpts (or lines) portray the intimate, human qualities of the man. The music is as diverse and varied as Jefferson’s interests. The style, tone and form of the music are directly tied to Jefferson’s words.
The first movement contains eight brief excerpts that highlight different aspects of Jefferson’s mindset (listen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFvpYFYi-Fg&list=OLAK5uy_lVUrRtaKUxS_IBHthnPA-Mxsf4UsWniaI&t=4s).
Each of the remaining movements focus on a single subject: II. the death of Jefferson’s wife, Martha (listen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UdavwUYtSk&list=OLAK5uy_lVUrRtaKUxS_IBHthnPA-Mxsf4UsWniaI&index=8);
III. Monticello (listen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_qfd4sYPhs&list=OLAK5uy_lVUrRtaKUxS_IBHthnPA-Mxsf4UsWniaI&index=9).
Also, not included in this recording project are IV. a dialogue between Jefferson’s head and heart; and V. Jefferson’s belief in the free mind.
The first tenor is the voice of Thomas Jefferson in all movements. In the opening movement, Jefferson’s words are spoken. In the remaining movements, he primarily sings his text, but often reverts to spoken delivery. Each of the three other voices serve as general support except in specific movements where each have specialized roles: II. the alto is the voice of Martha Jefferson (and, not included in this recording project, IV. the second tenor and bass voice Jefferson’s emotional heart and rational mind, respectively).
Two fundamental components of Jefferson’s being, the rational mind and the emotional heart, are musically portrayed in the introduction of the first movement. The music that follows in the first and all subsequent movements is derived from these two components. The first tenor opens with the “life line” that framed this entire work, “The letters of a person form the only full and genuine journal of his life.”