Alfred Reed

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This reference guide to the life and work of the prolific American wind band composer, Alfred Reed, includes a brief biography followed by detailed bibliography and discography sections. The biography traces Reed's life and those experiences that helped to shape his music and philosophies. Attention is given to Reed's popularity with and influences upon bands throughout the world and especially in Japan. A complete listing of Reed's more than 250 works and premiers are categorized by genre. The extensive discography section cites more than 400 recordings, and the bibliography section includes the many writings by and about Reed.

This unique reference will appeal to music scholars and band directors with an interest in Alfred Reed and in wind band music. As a useful research tool, each section of the volume is cross-referenced. Additionally, two appendices list Reed's compositions, one alphabetically and the other chronologically.

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Editorial Reviews

Since he began his career in 1953, Reed has become known for his contributions to wind bands as a composer, conductor, clinician, author, and scholar. Jordan (music, Palmer Trinity School, Miami) sketches out the American's life and career, lists his works and premieres by type, and provides a discography and primary and secondary bibliographies. The primary bibliography includes the first 60 in his South of the Border column. Alphabetical and chronological lists of compositions are appended. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313303333
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/30/1999
  • Series: Bio-Bibliographies in Music Series
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

DOUGLAS M. JORDAN is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Biography 1
The Early Years 1
The Military Years 13
The Juilliard Years 18
The NBC and ABC Years 22
The Baylor Years 29
The Hansen Years 31
The University of Miami Years 37
The Japan Years 50
Beyond the University of Miami Years 56
Works and Premieres 67
Original Works for Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra and Concert Band 67
Arrangements and Transcriptions for Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra and Concert Band 85
Arrangements of Broadway Musical Shows 93
Arrangements of Motion Picture Scores 94
Original Works for Orchestra and String Orchestra 96
Transcriptions and Arrangements for Orchestra and String Orchestra 98
Works for Instrumental Solo and Ensembles 99
Works for Chorus 105
Works for Marching Band 107
Discography 109
Bibliography 217
Writings by Reed 217
Standing Column "South of the Border" 224
Writings about Reed 245
Appendix A Alphabetical List of Compositions 255
Appendix B Chronological List of Compositions 263
Index 271
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