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Program Notes

         Italian Wedding Song is a lyric, very romantic song in g minor, reminiscent in
some ways of the music of Puccini and Verdi. Like Barnes’ Yorkshire Ballad, it is a
brief, solemn work, perfect for teaching students to play in an emotional, legato style. If
you have a good euphonium player, this work is a must; it is an excellent choice for a
moment of touching repose on your next concert. Italian W edding Song is carefully
scored and cross-cued, and the ranges are very reasonable for all instruments.

             About the composer

         James Barnes’ contribution to the band repertoire over the last half century can
hardly be overstated. His numerous works for concert band and orchestra are
extensively performed throughout the world, in such venues as Tanglewood, Boston
Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington,
DC, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Tokyo Metropolitan Concert Hall. Barnes
twice received the coveted American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award, while
he has been the recipient of annual ASCAP Awards for composers of serious music for
over 30 years, along with other numerous honors and grants. The world-famous Tokyo
Kosei Wind Orchestra recorded three compact discs of his music. Barnes is
distinguished by having received commissions from all five of the major American
military bands in Washington, DC. James Barnes is Professor Emeritus of Music
Theory and Composition at the University of Kansas.
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