by Gioacchino Rossini

In an authentic ninteenth-century transcription for wind octet & double-bass

performed by Harmonie
Willis Traphagan, conductor

Recorded July 11, 18, and 19, 1994, at Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Recording Engineer: Leon Janikian
Design: Mary McCarthy, Chelsea
Cover painting: "Veduta di Napoli da Capidimonte," by Alexandre Dunouy, 1813
Total playing time: 79:08

About the Performers

Harmonie is:

  • Kathryn Fields DiCola, Oboe
  • Jane Harrison, Oboe
  • David J. Martins, Clarinet
  • Julie Stuckenschneider, Clarinet
  • Ellen Michaud-Martins, Horn
  • Nancy-Lee Mauger, Horn
  • Judith Bedford, Bassoon
  • Margaret Phillips, Bassoon
  • Mark S. Henry, Contrabass

The ensemble featured on this recording is the direct descendant of the eighteenth and ninteenth century palace ensembles, or "harmonies." Harmonie was founded in 1989 to explore and perform the rich legacy of wind band music that exists, mostly in manuscript form, from the golden age of wind literature. Since its inception, Harmonie has presented over one hundred concerts and radio broadcasts in the New England area. Its principal players are members of the music faculty of the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Fine Arts, where Harmonie is ensemble-in-residence.

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