Richard Strauss: The Happy Workshop, Serenade – Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble

February 17, 2022, 9:00 am

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The Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble traces its roots to the Carnegie Tech Kiltie Band, founded in 1908. Over the years, the Kiltie Band grew and enjoyed a long and distinguished history as a concert band. Today, single players perform each instrumental part, emulating an orchestral wind section. This style of playing in a large ensemble allows for the tonal colors found in a symphony orchestra. Unusual and underperformed repertoire has long been a hallmark of the ensemble’s programming. This album exemplifies that, with the pairing of Richard Strauss’s 1945 Symphony for Winds in E-flat Major (The Happy Workshop) and his 1881 Serenade.