BYU Symphonic Band Closes Semester with ‘Medieval Might of Sword and Stone’

BYU Symphonic Band Closes Semester with ‘Medieval Might of Sword and Stone’

The program will include a new composition by School of Music student Robert Alger

The BYU Symphonic Band will close the semester of School of Music performances with an April 17 concert titled “Medieval Might of Sword and Stone.”

“Our concert features music that is inspired by medieval themes,” said director Kirt Saville. “I have always been intrigued by the medieval themes of castles, kings, knights, religion, feudalism and the rise and fall of empires during these tumultuous times.”

The program showcases the music of medieval and Renaissance composers Guillaume de Machaut and William Byrd, as well as works by contemporary composers who share Saville’s interest in the era.

Martin Ellerby’s “Venetian Spells” pays homage to the music of 16th-century composer Giovanni Gabrieli — who wrote in Venice’s famed St. Mark’s Basilica — and Edward Gregson’s “The Sword and the Crown” draws inspiration from legendary scenes throughout medieval history, from the death of King Henry V to the death of King Richard III.

The Symphonic Band will also premiere “Virga,” a new composition by ensemble member Robert Alger.

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