Sunday Bandstand 23 December 2018

Sunday Bandstand 23 December 2018

Thomas Koschat (8 August 1845 – 19 May 1914) was an Austrian composer and bass singer. He popularised Carinthian folk music across Europe and the Americas. Carinthia is a southern Austrian region in the eastern Alps that encompasses Austria’s highest mountain.

From 1865 to 1867 he attended the Technical University of Vienna, studying chemistry, but he did not obtain a degree. Instead his imagination was captivated by music, and he formed his first vocal quartet in 1866. He joined the Vienna State Opera in 1867, singing bass. In 1874 he joined the choir at St. Stephen's Cathedral. From 1877 until 1906 he performed with the Koschat Quintet. That year he also joined the choir at the Hofmusikkapelle and served as soloist there. 

As a composer he was known for his Kärntnerlieder, folk songs of Carinthia arranged by himself, or else his own compositions set in that style. With his men's quartet and quintet, he toured Europe and the Americas, where the performances of his Carinthian music were enthusiastically received. For most of his life he resided in Vienna. Nonetheless he was made an honorary citizen of Klagenfurt in 1907 owing to the local nature of his work. Koschat died in Vienna, at his home on Strobachgasse in the 5th district, on 19 May 1914. He was buried at      Annabichl near Klagenfurt.

He composed numerous pieces for choir, in addition to quartets and songs. Many of these are in waltz time and focus on Carinthian themes and locales. Additionally, he published a book of poems in the Carinthian dialect.

A museum dedicated to Koschat was opened in 1934, containing letters, manuscripts, portraits, awards, recordings, and other memorabilia related to his life and output. Heavily damaged during the Second World War, the museum was rebuilt and reopened in 1951 from funds raised through private donations and lotteries. The museum is open May through September for a couple of hours each day.

We feature one of his most famous compositions on this week’s show The Schneewaltzer (The Snow Waltz). Many bands will be performing this popular waltz as part of their Christmas concerts. Our performance features the Thoresby RJB Band MD: Stan Lippeatt - 2000

Playlist 23 December 2018 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
A Choral Fanfare - John Rutter arr Nynke van der Heide Brass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2015
O come, all ye Faithful - Wade arr: David Willcocks  Fodens Courtois Band with the Halifax Choral Society and Organist Darius Battiwalla MD: John Pryce Jones - 1998
Winter from The Four Season - Vivaldi arr: Howard Snell Brass Band de Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 2011
Canzone and Caprice - Stephen Bulla  Cornet Soloist Brian Taylor with the Williams Fairey Band MD: Phillip McCann - 2001
What's Christmas Without a Brass Band - Peter Seel Houghton Weavers with the Warrington Male Voice Choir, Broomfield Junior School Choir and the Wingates Band MD:  1998
The Joy of Christmas Suite 1)The Seven Joys of Mary 2) O Little Town of Bethlehem 3)  Past Three O'clock' - Robert Redhead Norwich Citadel Band BM: John Gibson - 1985 
The Journey to Reims - Gioachino Rossini arr: Edward Tarling  Yorkshire Building Society MD: Nicholas Childs - 1995
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - GF Handel arr: Archibold Philip Jones Ensemble - 2002
Christmas Fantasy - Gordon Langford  Foden's Courtois Band with the Halifax Choral Society and Organist Darius Battiwalla MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 1998
The Festive Season - Paul R. Curnow New York Staff Band (USA) BM: Ron Waiksnoris - 2006
Schneewaltzer (The Snow Waltz)  - Thomas Koschat  arr: Goff Richards Thoresby RJB Band MD: Stan Lippeatt - 2000
The Lonely Alphorn - Derek Broadbent  Alphorn Soloist Ueli Hauert with the Brass Band Muhledorf (Switzerland) MD:  Ernst Balli - 1987 
The Norwegian Artist's Carnival - Johan Svendsen Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1981
Dies Natalis Op 86 - John Golland  Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1997
Christmas on King Street - Roger Davies  Roger Davies with the Hepworth Band MD: Leigh baker - 2017
Tubby The Tuba - Words by Paul Tripp- Music George Kleinsinger arr: Andrew Duncan Tuba Soloist Gavin Woods - Narrator Thom Meredith with the Sellers International Band MD: Philip McCann - 2002
A Disney Fantasy arr: Goff Richards Stannington Brass Band MD: Derek Renshaw - 1997
Manhattan - Saturday Serenade - Philip Sparke  Cornet Soloist Trevor Bremner with the piano accompanied by Betty Bremner - 2014 
Rejoice! (Fantasy On Old European Carols) - Alan Fernie Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs - 2013
Christmas Presence - Paul Sharman International Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2016
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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