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 conference experience.

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

Helena Milheiro
Ensino de Música nas Bandas Filharmónicas: um Estudo Caso.
Aveiro, Portugal

Pedro Marquês de Sousa
A consolidação, do modelo orgânico e o repertório das bandas no século.
Lisboa, Portugal

Bruno Madureira
A revitalização das bandas filarmónicas nos anos70 e 80.
Coimbra, Portugal

Luís dos Santos Cardoso
 “Eli, Eli para Orquestra de Sopros” e o conceito de sitação estilistica.
Aveiro, Portugal

Lino Guerriero
Folk Song/ a composição/a obra “aberta.”
Lisboa, Portugal

Jorge Campos
 “Sinfonia Breve No1 de Álvero Cassuto:” apontamentos sobre uma versãpara banda..
Porto, Portugal

Rita Alcaire and Rodrigo Lacerda
Filarmónicas da Ilha Preta (Documentário).
Coimbra, Portugal

Carla Raposeira
Fundação Inatel: Uma estrégia de apoio para uma politica de desenvolvimento.
Lisboa, Portugal

André Granjo
Community Wind Bands as Artictic Institutions: the commissioning project of the Secretariat of State for Culture.
Coimbra, Portugal

Luis Miguel dos Santos Clemente
How Musical is tradition? Tradition and Art Conflict in Portuguese Wind Bands.
Atalaia, Portugal

Rui Magno Pinto
Operatic Content and Form in Portuguese 19th-Century Instrumental Music.
Lisbon, Portugal

Patrick Hennessey
Beyond the ‘Ukulele: Portuguese Influence on the Musical Influence on the Musical Traditions of Hawai’i.
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Keith Kinder
The Portuguese Community Band of Hamilton Ontario.
Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Leon Bly
The Wind Orchestra’s Instrumentation-Crossing the Bridge from Tradition to Art.
Stuttgart, Germany

Helmut Brenner
Music Between Heaven and Earth: The “Danza de voladores” in Mexico and Guatemala.
Graz, Austria

Maria Clara Vargas Cullel
The Role of Bands in Musical Education and Cultural Development in Costa Rica.
San Jose, Costa Rica

Evan Feldmann
Drones and Pedales: Tradition applied as Flexible Pedagogical Tools.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Damien Sargrillo
Wind Music and Education.
Hellingen, Luxemburg

Antoliy Gabrov
Stefan Marino: History of His Life.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Patrick Murphy
Boris Kozhevnikov: Defining the Soviet Symphony for Wind Orchestra.
Portland, Oregon, United States

Robert Grechesky
The Relationships of Selected Band Works of Ralph Vaughn Williams to his Orchestral Works.
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

David Gasche
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).
Wien, Austria

Peter Heckl
A Harmoniemusik Setting of Mozart’s Zauberflöte is Rediscovered: The Arrangement by Carl Andreas Goepfert.
Graz, Austria

Mikolaj Rykowski
Harmoniemusik in Polish Tradition-Sociological and Aesthetic Insights.
Bydgoszcz, Poland

Marcelo Jardim
The Music for Wind Band by Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Peripheral Approach or an Historic Rescue?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Joseph Manfredo
David Maslanka: Evolution and Influences of his Compositional Style and Application to the Symphony #9.
Mahomet, Illinois, United States

Erik Janners
Performance Psychology Concepts in Music
Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States

Jörg Murschinki
Authenticity vs. Practicability-Getting Elsa to the Church on Time (And in Style).
Welzheim, Germany

Rytis Urniežius
The Approach to the Transcriptions for the Wind Band: The Path from “Tradition” to Art.
Šiauliai, Lithuania

Jon Mitchell
Haydn Wood: From the Isle of Mann to London and Beyond.
Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

John Reid
The Life and Music of Canadian Composer, Arranger, and Conductor Howard Cable.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paul W. Popiel
Recent Wind Band Works of Composer Michael Colgrass: Translating the Traditional into the Artistic.
Lawrence, Kansas, United States

Joseph Hartmann
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Band in the Reflection of the Times.
Gan Ner, Israel

Malik Sharif
Alternative Wind Band Music Beyond Tradition and Art: A Case Study from Austria.
Graz, Austria

Kari Laitinen
Popularizing tradition and Art: 19th-Century Finnish Wind Band Potpourri.
Helsinki, Finland

Francis Peters
Wind Band Music Paying Tribute to Napoleon.
Kortrijk, Belgium

Seth Wollam
A Comparative analysis of the Influences of Popular American Music on Contemporary Wind Band Repertoire.
Denton, Texas, United States

Peter Ninaus
The Fingering Logic and Performing of Woodwind Instruments Using the Example of the Clarinet: A Psychological Study and Model.
Wien, Austria

Shawn Smith
The Brazilian Gershwin: The Fusion of Folk, Popular and Classical in the Wind Band Music of Villa-Lobos.
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States

Thierry Bouzard
The French Ordinance of 1754 and the Drums Calls in Use in the French Army of the 18th Century.
Saint Mazur, France

Manfred Heidler
‘A Philharmonic in every corner:” Comments on Wind Band and Marketing.
Bonn, Deutschland

Bernhard Habla
Instrumental Wind Music Associations. Targets, Objectives, and Activities.
Oberschützen, Austria

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.

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