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Band Masterworks Series Volume 1: The Legacy of Miles H. Johnson

by The St. Olaf Band

These recordings are dedicated to Miles H. Johnson, who directed the St. Olaf Band for more than one-third of its 100-year history and used his energy and talent to build it into one of the nation's premier instrumental ensembles.
Genre: Classical: Band Music
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1. Toccata for Band The St. Olaf Band
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2. La Fiesta Mexicana: 3. Carnival The St. Olaf Band
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3. O Sacred Head Now Wounded The St. Olaf Band
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4. Suite from the Water Music: 1. Allegro The St. Olaf Band
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5. Trittico: 3. Allegro Moderato The St. Olaf Band
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6. Carmina Burana: 13. "When we are in the tavern" The St. Olaf Band
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7. Music for Prague 1968: 1. Introduction and Fanfare The St. Olaf Band
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8. Barnum and Bailey's Favorite The St. Olaf Band
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9. Fanfare for the Common Man The St. Olaf Band
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10. Rocky Point Holiday The St. Olaf Band
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11. Alleluia! Laudamus te The St. Olaf Band
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12. Helly Dolly! The St. Olaf Band
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13. Chester The St. Olaf Band
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14. American Fanfare The St. Olaf Band
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15. Overture "1812" The St. Olaf Band
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16. Fanfare og Koral The St. Olaf Band
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17. First Suite in Eb for Military Band, Op. 28, no. 1: 1. Chaconne The St. Olaf Band
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18. First Suite in Eb for Military Band, Op. 28, no. 1: 2. Intermezzo The St. Olaf Band
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19. First Suite in Eb for Military Band, Op. 28, no. 1: 3. March The St. Olaf Band
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20. Vaaren The St. Olaf Band
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21. Sinfonia Festiva: 1. Fanfare The St. Olaf Band
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22. Sinfonia Festiva: 2. Aria The St. Olaf Band
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23. Sinfonia Festiva: 3. Toccata The St. Olaf Band
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24. Fantasia in G The St. Olaf Band
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25. Child Thoughts: Here I Come; Tag; Nap; I'm Late; Tucked in at Night The St. Olaf Band
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26. Finale from Symphony No. 3 in C The St. Olaf Band; John Ferguson, organ
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27. Pilgrim Chorus from Tannhäuser The St. Olaf Band
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28. Salvation is Created The St. Olaf Band
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29. Fanfare Prelude: O How Shall I Receive Thee The St. Olaf Band
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30. and the mountains rising nowhere The St. Olaf Band
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31. Four Scottish Dances: 4. Con Brio The St. Olaf Band
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32. Country Gardens The St. Olaf Band
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33. Nearer My God to Thee The St. Olaf Band
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34. The Circus Bee The St. Olaf Band
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Volume 1 of Band Masterworks: The Legacy of Miles H. Johnson contains performances extracted from live recordings of concerts that begin with Mity's first year at St. Olaf College in 1957-58 and continue through to his retirement concert in May 1994. Mity's sense for creative programming permeates this collection of recordings. Band Masterworks: The Legacy of Miles H. Johnson serves as a testament to the building of a band program over decades into one of international renown. At the heart of this endeavor was the music. As Mity would say, "It all starts with the music."

Many times Johnson expanded the wind band repertory with commission offers to composers he felt would contribute lasting works. Norwegian composer Egil Hovland's Fanfare og Koral and the Sinfonia Festiva of Arne Running represent these efforts in this collection. Mity also actively supported the efforts of composers at the start of their careers, as evidenced here by Daniel Wilshire's Child Thoughts, the American Fanfare of Sharon Moe Miranda, Timothy Mahr's Fantasia in G and the Fanfare Prelude: "O How Shall I Receive Thee" of J. Robert Hanson.

The review process in producing this volume entailed listening to recorded performances spanning a 37-year career. Miles Johnson's artistic vision and intense work ethic were found at the heart and soul of each work heard. Browsing through the nearly 375 recorded compositions was an amazing reaffirmation of Mity's important contribution to the life and mission of St. Olaf College, his humble service to the art of music and his strong belief that love was at the center of the experience.

-Timothy Mahr, '78


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