Concert Band Working on “An Original Suite.”
The New Horizons Concert Band is excited to begin work on a new piece for the band, An Original Suite for Military Band" by Britich composer Gordon Jacobs. Jacobs was born in London on July 5, 1895. Here is how his official website describes his influence on composition.
"Gordon Jacob (1895-1984), in common with the generation of British composers that includes Vaughan Williams, Ireland, Howells, Bax and so on, studied with Charles Villiers Stanford; however, any resemblance between his music and that of those composers ends there. Far from the lush, overt Romanticism of his elders, his writing is more simple and sparse, inspired partly by Baroque and Classical models (some of the works under his name are in fact arrangements of Baroque music), sometimes angular and dissonant but never inaccessible. He summed up his ethos of composing in this statement: "I think the question of communication is important, because one never wants to write down to an audience, but at the same time I personally feel repelled by the intellectual snobbery of some progressive artists, the day that melody is discarded altogether, you may as well pack up music."
Jacob had a special affinity for wind instruments, for which he composed a large body of concerti and chamber music, including the Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, written in 1969. These works demonstrate deep knowledge of instrumental technique, also evident in his authoritative textbooks on composing and orchestral writing.
Jacob composed An Original Suite for Military Band in 1928. Here is the Charlotte Concert Band peforming all three movements: An Original Suite for Military Band.