2012 / COIMBRA
20th International Conference of IGEB July 12-17, 2012
by Seth F. Wollam, Denton, Texas
The IGEB, the International Society for the Promotion and Research of
Wind Music held their 20th International Conference July 12-17. The
event was hosted by Andre Granjo and the College of Arts at Letters at
the University of Coimbra, Portugal. The theme of the conference, On the
Border: Bridging the Path Between Tradition and Art, brought papers
focused on a wide range of topics pertaining to wind band including
Harmoniemusik, military, amateur and professional bands, brass bands,
activist bands, pedagogy, instrumentation, repertoire, composer
biographies, and musicological research. Presenters and participants
represented nations throughout North Central and South America, Eastern
and Western Europe, and the Middle East. IGEB president Bernhard Habla
and his executive board members Francis Peters, Doris Schweinzer, and
Friedrich Anzenberger organized a diverse, professionally fulfilling
Situated in the Hills overlooking the river Montego, Coimbra is a city
rich in history. Originally established by the Romans, the city was
controlled by numerous groups until being conquered by Christian groups
in the 11th century, serving as the first capital of the new kingdom.
The University of Coimbra was officially established in 1290, making it
one of Europe’s oldest academic institutions. With stunning landscape,
architecture, and exceptionally hospitable residents, Coimbra was an
exceptional host providing participants with an equally rich
cultural experience. This cultural experience was augmented by a special
tour which included tours of several museums. The group visited the
Museum Ethnomúsica da Barrida, where amongst a collection of instruments,
a large number of original manuscripts belonging to Portuguese bands are
housed. From here the tour continued to a museum dedicated to the
Portuguese wine production, and the Luis Pato winery. Hosted at the home
of Luis Pato, the participants were prepared a traditional Portuguese
dinner consisting of various courses with the
main dish being leitão, or roast suckling pig.
A country with a strong tradition of bands, select groups were invited
to perform. Included were the Filharmonica Boa Vontade Lorvanese, ,
Banda Sinfónica ARMAB. Host Andre Granjo and Filharmonica União
Taveirense conductor João Paulo Fernandes graciously invited three
conference participants to guest conduct: Robert Grechesky, Director of
Bands at Butler University, Marcelo Jardim, Professor of Conducting Band
and Orchestra Practice at the School of Music of the Federal University
of Rio de Janeiro, and Seth Wollam, doctoral conducting associate, the
University of North Texas. The first Portuguese saxophone group to be
invited to perform at the World Saxophone Congress, the Quad Saxophone
Quartet also graced members with a special recital.
The author and presenter, title, city and country were as follows:
City/Country of Origin
Ensino de Música nas Bandas Filharmónicas: um Estudo Caso.
Pedro Marquês de Sousa
A consolidação, do modelo orgânico e o repertório das bandas no século.
A revitalização das bandas filarmónicas nos anos70 e 80.
Luís dos Santos Cardoso
“Eli, Eli para Orquestra de Sopros” e o conceito de sitação estilistica.
Folk Song/ a composição/a obra “aberta.”
“Sinfonia Breve No1 de Álvero Cassuto:” apontamentos sobre uma versãpara
Rita Alcaire and Rodrigo Lacerda
Filarmónicas da Ilha Preta (Documentário).
Fundação Inatel: Uma estrégia de apoio para uma politica de
Community Wind Bands as Artictic Institutions: the commissioning project
of the Secretariat of State for Culture.
Luis Miguel dos Santos Clemente
How Musical is tradition? Tradition and Art Conflict in Portuguese Wind
Rui Magno Pinto
Operatic Content and Form in Portuguese 19th-Century Instrumental Music.
Beyond the ‘Ukulele: Portuguese Influence on the Musical Influence on
the Musical Traditions of Hawai’i.
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
The Portuguese Community Band of Hamilton Ontario.
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
The Wind Orchestra’s Instrumentation-Crossing the Bridge from Tradition
Music Between Heaven and Earth: The “Danza de voladores” in Mexico and
Maria Clara Vargas Cullel
The Role of Bands in Musical Education and Cultural Development in Costa
San Jose, Costa Rica
Drones and Pedales: Tradition applied as Flexible Pedagogical Tools.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Wind Music and Education.
Stefan Marino: History of His Life.
Boris Kozhevnikov: Defining the Soviet Symphony for Wind Orchestra.
Portland, Oregon, United States
The Relationships of Selected Band Works of Ralph Vaughn Williams to his
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
The First Golden Age of the Viennese Harmoniemusik: Current Research on
its Birth with Remarks on the Partita in F, a Wind Quintet Composed by
Franz Aspelmayr (1769).
A Harmoniemusik Setting of Mozart’s Zauberflöte is Rediscovered: The
Arrangement by Carl Andreas Goepfert.
Harmoniemusik in Polish Tradition-Sociological and Aesthetic Insights.
The Music for Wind Band by Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Peripheral Approach or
an Historic Rescue?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
David Maslanka: Evolution and Influences of his Compositional Style and
Application to the Symphony #9.
Mahomet, Illinois, United States
Performance Psychology Concepts in Music
Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States
Authenticity vs. Practicability-Getting Elsa to the Church on Time (And
The Approach to the Transcriptions for the Wind Band: The Path from
“Tradition” to Art.
Haydn Wood: From the Isle of Mann to London and Beyond.
Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
The Life and Music of Canadian Composer, Arranger, and Conductor Howard
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Paul W. Popiel
Recent Wind Band Works of Composer Michael Colgrass: Translating the
Traditional into the Artistic.
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Band in the Reflection of the Times.
Gan Ner, Israel
Alternative Wind Band Music Beyond Tradition and Art: A Case Study from
Popularizing tradition and Art: 19th-Century Finnish Wind Band
Wind Band Music Paying Tribute to Napoleon.
A Comparative analysis of the Influences of Popular American Music on
Contemporary Wind Band Repertoire.
Denton, Texas, United States
The Fingering Logic and Performing of Woodwind Instruments Using the
Example of the Clarinet: A Psychological Study and Model.
The Brazilian Gershwin: The Fusion of Folk, Popular and Classical in the
Wind Band Music of Villa-Lobos.
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
The French Ordinance of 1754 and the Drums Calls in Use in the French
Army of the 18th Century.
Saint Mazur, France
‘A Philharmonic in every corner:” Comments on Wind Band and Marketing.
Instrumental Wind Music Associations. Targets, Objectives, and
In a ceremony during one of the concerts, the organization presented its
coveted Thelen Prize. Named after founding member Fritz Thelen, this
award is given to a dissertation representing outstanding scholarship in
wind band research. Two dissertations were selected from an
international pool as winners this year: David Gasche (Austria), La
musique de circonstance pour Harmoniemusik à Vienne (1760-1820), and
Peter Heckl (Austria), W. A. Mozart’s Instrumentalkompositionen in
Bearbeitungen für Harmoniemusik vor 1840.
More information about the organization and its activities can found on
the societies website: www.igeb.net.