YEAR: 1963/2017 GRADE: 5 DURATION: 4 mins
Written for and recorded by The Alabama Winds; Randall Coleman, director; Joseph Glaeser, recording engineer.
In the summer of 2016, I had the tremendous pleasure of traveling to Italy with members of the Alabama Winds and The Georgia Wind Symphony. The conductor of the group, my mentor and good friend Randall Coleman, invited me along on this once-in-a-lifetime trip touring various parts of the country as well as performing concerts in San'tOreste and Triuggio with local Italian musicians. During this trip, I had the chance to bond with many members of the Alabama/Georgia Winds and make many new lifelong friendships.
Shortly after returning, Professor Coleman asked me to pay a visit to his office. He asked if I would consider transcribing a work for Alabama Winds' upcoming winter concert. Despite having not been familiar with Thompson's work, he asked me to transcribe a personal favorite of he and, his late wife, Anne: The Best of Rooms. Upon taking the score from Professor Coleman's office and finding a recording online, I became fascinated with Thompson's rich and unique harmonic vocabulary. I found myself at the piano breaking down the musical structures and rebuilding them in a way that helped me understand what Thompson was aiming to achieve in his masterpiece.
This transcription seeks to capture the sounds and textures that so define Randall Thompson's work while also magnifying his harmonic language with the instrumentation of the modern wind band. It is my deepest honor to have written this in memory of Anne Coleman and for the musicians of The Alabama Winds.
- Tyler S. Grant
Christ, He requires still, wheresoe’er he comes,
To feed, or lodge, to have the best of rooms:
Give Him the choice; grant Him the nobler part
Of all the house: the best of all’s the heart.
Robert Herring, Christ's Part