THELDON MYERS/ SAMPLES FROM RECENT Vienna Modern Masters-CDs
THELDON MYERS has had a varied musical career
including as woodwind recitalist, big band leader, performer and arranger,
music educator, and conductor. Born in Illinois in 1927, he studied
clarinet, saxophone, and flute, later earning the BS degree from Northern
Illinois University, the MA from California State University at Fresno,
and the DMA from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.
An ASCAP award-winning composer, he has written for orchestra, band,
chorus, and chamber groups, with performances, recordings, and publications
of his works throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe. Now Professor Emeritus
of Composition and Theory at Towson University (Maryland), he is active
as a free-lance composer and arranger. Concertino for Orchestra (VMM
3017), Configuration (VMM 3018), Symphony
1969 (VMM 3019), Elegy (VMM
3030), Cadenza and Lament (VMM 3034), and
Fanfare For. A New Millennium (VMM 3048) also
appear in Vienna Modern Masters' MUSIC FROM SIX CONTINENTS series.
FANFARE FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM was written for the Susquehanna (Maryland) Symphony Orchestra and was premiered under their Music Director Sheldon Bair. The piece combines by title, tune and, text, characteristics of faith, love and respect for all mankind, and undiminishing pride in one's country. It incorporates material fram Praise For Peace, (Integer Vitae), Old Hundredth (The Doxology), Harvest Home, Now Thank We All Our God, and America, the Beautiful. A short fantasy on America, the Beautiful carries the piece to a chorale-type statement of Praise for Peace. This is presented by the brasses as a background for a collage-like treatment of Now Thank We All Our God in the upper woodwinds. The Doxology is heard in a less related tonality in the glockenspiel and harp, and Harvest Home, also fragmented and tonally displaced, appears in the low strings and woodwinds. Continued variation on America, the Beautiful brings the FANFARE to a climactic close.