Original compositions for full concert band and chorus published in the United States
Richardson, William David
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Compositions originally composed and published for full concert band and chorus seem to be plagued by a cyclic problem: the lack of information about the compositions discourages their performance, the lack of performances discourages their composition, the lack of composition discourages gathering information about the pieces. In an attempt to break this cycle, the document is an annotated bibliography of original compositions published in the United States for full concert band and SATB chorus. Each music publisher included in the Music Publishers Association of the United States of America (MPAUSA) directory was surveyed to discover compositions. After a review of literature, information is offered regarding specific delimitations for instrumentation and genre followed by survey procedures and data collection methods. Of the 683 publishers surveyed, 384 could not be reached, 274 did not have originally composed compositions for band and chorus, and 25 publishers held 42 originally composed works for full band and chorus. Each bibliography entry contains the title, composer, publisher, publication date, duration, movements/tempi, instrumentation, genre, text author/source, and full text for each piece meeting the delimitation criteria. This same information is listed for 10 significant works not quite meeting the delimitation criteria.