As a companion to "The Wind Ensemble Sourcebook and Biographical Guide," this catalog provides a comprehensive listing of wind ensemble works from 1650 to the present. These two volumes will be completed with a third, "The Wind Ensemble Thematic Catalog 1700-1900." Representing more than 20 years of research through libraries, monasteries, and castles, the authors used primary sources when possible rather than relying on secondary sources. The authors collected a vast array of information from public and private international collections. This catalog is an exhaustive guide to international wind ensemble collections. The authors have been careful to match up various versions of the same work, and, for the first time, arrangements--an important and large part of the repertoire--are dealt with in a systematic fashion. Unique in its extensive documentation and reliance on primary sources, "The Wind Ensemble Catalog" is an important research tool for scholars and musicians.
âPerformers and schools will find this volume useful to identify music written for the sometimes odd instrumental combinations that require music to perform. In addition, Gifford provides access to many difficult-to-find arrangements of famous works for oboe, oboe d'amore, and English horn. Indexes of publishers, instruments, and composers make it possible to attempt to purchase or locate the listed items. Library of Congress call numbers are provided for each entry. Also listed are method books and books about these instruments at the Library of Congress. Gifford's book is unique in its coverage of a large, specialized collection and is recommended for purchase by high school, conservatory, and college libraries supporting active performing programs.ââ Choice