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program Overture Rosamunde SCHUBERT arr. Frank Winterbottom Variations on a Korean Folk Song


Second Suite for Band (Latino-Mexciana) I. Son Montuno IV. Paso Doble (“A la Corrida!”)


AKB48 Medley arr. Hideaki Miura INTERMISSION Vesuvius for Concert Band


わらべうたつづり arr. 小島里美 (A Weaving of Traditional Children’s Song) A Longford Legend SHELDON (A Collection of Irish Street Ballades) I. A Longford Legend II. Young Molly Brown III. Killy burn Brae Egmont Overture BEETHOVEN Carmen Fantasy BIZET arr. Eiji Suzuki Programme correct at time of print.



SSOCIATE PROFESSOR HO Hwee Long is a widely recognised and respected figure in music circle. He possesses a Master degree in Music Education from the Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, and has studied band conducting under the tutelage of the late Professor John Paynter. In 1967, he assumed the conductor’s baton and has since been extensively involved in the evolution of Singapore’s band movement. He has an impressive record of achievements in the field of band music. He was a French Horn player with the National Symphony Orchestra (1967-1969), and was the founder and conductor of the Singapore Polytechnic Band and the National Theatre Symphonic Band. He was the Music Director of the Singapore Teachers’ Band from 1986 to 1991. In United States, A/P Ho conducted the Northwestern Wind Symphony and the Palestine High School Band in Chicago from 1983 to 1985. Besides conducting NUS Wind Symphony, he is also the conductor of the National Junior College Symphonic Band and the National Institute of Education Symphonic Band. His love for music and belief in exacting standard has seen his his bands make their mark in the local band scene. Being an experienced and distinguished conductor, Professor Ho is often invited to participate and adjudicate in prestigious music events both locally and internationally. Over the years, he has forged numerous friendships with musicians overseas through the many concert tours and cultural events he has participated in. As such, he has gained international recognition as a band conductor. He has conducted concerts in Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, China, Macau, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and Norway. He is presently the Vice Chairman of the Art and Cultural Committee, Northwest Community Development Council (CDC) responsible for cultural performances for the residence in the heartland. He serves as a Vice President in Wind Bands Association of Singapore (formerly known as World Association of Symphonic Band and Ensemble, WASBE) which hosted the International Band Conference in 2005. In January 2004, Prof Ho was confered the Meritorious Award by the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) for his outstanding and commendable achievements and contributions to the development of local music in Singapore and in 2007, he was conferred The Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat -PBM) from the President of Singapore, His Excellency S. R. Nathan. In NIE, he was awarded the Excellence In Teaching Commendation in 2004 in recognition of teaching excellence achieved through the years.

the conductor LAWRENCE SIAO


AWRENCE’S INVOLVEMENT WITH band and band music began when he first joined his alma mater, Tanjong Katong Secondary School Band, more affectionately known as TK Band in the 1980s and was the band director of TK Band from 1994 – 2003.

During his university days, he was also the Concert Master for the National University of Singapore Wind Symphony when he toured with the NUSWS to the 1996 Fuji International Youth Musicale in Japan and the 14th World Music Contest in Kerkrade, The Netherlands in 2001. Lawrence obtained a Distinction in the Specialist Diploma in Band Directing with NIE, NTU in 2008 and currently he is pursuing his Master degree in Music Education with Nanyang Technological University. In 2012, he returned to his alma mater as the Head of Aesthetics.



ICHARD PNG IS no new comer to NIE Symphonic Band, having played with the band since 1980 and served as a Concert Master for 18 years.

As a band director since 1986, Mr. Png has worked with bands from all levels. Graduated from NIE with a Specialist Diploma in Band Directing (Distinction), and Diploma in Performance from ABRSM, London, Mr. Png has also performed with the Singapore Wind Symphony (SWS), Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and the National University of Singapore Symphonic Orchestra. Currently a member of International Society of Music Educators (ISME), International Clarinet Association (ICA) and World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensembles (WASBE), Mr. Png has performed in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, Holland, Norway and Malaysia, where he was conferred state honour, Yang Amat Mulia Ahli Bintang Sarawak (ABS). He is currently a conductor for 3 school bands and Clarinet Tutor for NUS Wind Symphony.



HE NIE SYMPHONIC Band has been an active organisation since its inception in 1975, holding regular performance and at various public venues around Singapore.

In 1976, the pioneering spirit of its members sparked off a series of annual concerts, which were named Opus. These have been subsequently held jointly with the then Division of Music (currently known as Visual & Performing Arts Academic Group) and the Institute’s Choir. In 1990, the Band began another series of concerts christened Band-In-Concert during which it showcases a selection from among the best and most popular works for symphonic band. With this series, NIESB matured and found its identity amid the many voices of the local band scene. The Band’s current annual calendar includes their regular concert series, charity concerts, recording sessions and overseas tours. Band members meet at least once a week for rehearsals and the repertoire of the band includes pieces from the standard symphonic band music to local compositions and music from the ASEAN countries. The NIESB and its conductor, A/P Ho Hwee Long, have embarked on a series of overseas tours to enable members to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the culture and music of other countries while promoting that of Singapore. Its members have been the most fortunate in forging friendships with many musicians and bands in places as diverse as East Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, China and most recently, Taiwan. In June 1995, the Band was awarded the First Prize with Distinction in the 3rd Division (Adult), at the 14th International Festival for Wind Music (Janitsjarfestivalen) in Hamar, Norway. And subsequently in 1999, the Band was awarded as one of the top five bands in the Yamaha European Open Hamar (YEOH) Competition at the 15th International Band Music Festival. In 2009, the band participated in the 18th Chiayi International Band Festival.

program notes EGMONT OVERTURE LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (17 Dec 1770 - 26 Mar 1827) Egmont, Op. 84, by Ludwig van Beethoven, is a set of incidental music pieces for the 1787 play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It consists of an overture followed by a sequence of nine additional pieces for soprano, male narrator and full symphony orchestra. (The male narrator is optional; he is not used in the play, and he does not appear in all recordings of the complete incidental music.) Beethoven wrote it between October 1809 and June 1810, and it was premiered on 15 June 1810. The subject of the music and dramatic narrative is the life and heroism of a 16th-century Flemish nobleman, the Count of Egmont. It was composed during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, at a time when the French Empire had extended its domination over most of Europe. Beethoven had famously expressed his great outrage over Napoleon Bonaparte’s decision to crown himself Emperor in 1804, furiously scratching out his name in the dedication of the Eroica Symphony. In the music for Egmont, Beethoven expressed his own political concerns through the exaltation of the heroic sacrifice of a man condemned to death for having taken a valiant stand against oppression. The Overture later became an unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The music was greeted with eulogistic praise, in particular by E.T.A. Hoffmann for its poetry, and Goethe himself declared that Beethoven had expressed his intentions with “a remarkable genius”. The overture, powerful and expressive, is one of the last works of his middle period; it has become as famous a composition as the Coriolan Overture, and is in a similar style to the Fifth Symphony, which he had completed two years earlier.

program notes OVERTURE ROSAMUNDE FRANZ SCHUBERT (31 Jan 1797 - 19 Nov 1828) In his short but prolific career, Schubert left the mark of his genius on almost every type of music. A supreme melodist, many scholars feel that the finest examples of his art are found in his songs. His expressive treatment of the human voice fits perfectly with his instrumental settings. His wholehearted embrace of the Romantic ideal, which was just then beginning to flourish in literature, led him to thematic content which brought depth of meaning to his lyrics that had only been hinted at by others. One would think that his skills were perfectly suited for opera - but this is the one musical field in which he failed, almost completely. Schubert’s catalog of over a thousand works includes only a bare twenty for the theater, only three of these were even moderate successes in his lifetime, and they are almost never revived today in their original form. Franz wanted desperately to break into this field (perhaps he would have. had he lived longer) and kept trying, even in the face of failure. The incidental music for the stage play Rosamunde was written late in his career, and represents some of his most mature writing. The play closed after only its second performance. Fortunately, Schubert saved some of its best music, and it was included in the critical edition of his complete work, however, he never composed an overtuire specifically for this play. Instead, for the opening of the play (and presumably its second performance), he revived the overture from a previously failed opera Alfonso and Estrella. Surprisingly, the overture known today as “Rosamunde” is actually taken from yet another failed opera Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp, which was written at about the same time as his masterpiece Symphony no.8, the “Unfinished”. This overture is one of Schubert’s finest instrumental works. His Romantic ideals express themselves transparently in a piece that departs very little from Classlcal forms. After a powerful series of block chords, its quiet introduction establishes a mood of melancholy uneasiness with just a hint of tension. The rest of the overture is vigorous and energetic. Its main theme appears at once, defining a sort of restless energy, which gradually accumulates momentum until the constant motion ends powerfully. in an only slightly restrained triumph.

program notes VARIATIONS ON A KOREAN FOLK SONG JOHN BARNES CHANCE (20 Nov 1932 - 16 Aug 1972) John Barnes Chance became familiar with the folksong Geen Arrirang (“Long Horizon”) while serving in Seoul, Korea, with the Eighth U.S. Army Band in 1958-59. It is the song of a woman who does not want the man she loves to leave her. The work consists of the opening theme and five distinct variations. The piece, which Chance dedicated to his wife, won the American Band Association’s prestigious Ostwald Award in 1966.

{about arirang}

“Arirang” is a Korean folk song, sometimes considered the unofficial national anthem of Korea. Arirang is an ancient native Korean word with no direct modern meaning. Many variations of the song exist. They can be grouped into classes based on the lyrics, when the refrain is sung, the nature of the refrain, the overall melody, and so on. Titles of different versions of the song are usually prefixed by their place of origin or some other kind of signifier. VESUVIUS FRANK TICHELI (21 Jan 1958 - ) Vesuvius began in the composer’s mind as a wild and passionate dance such as might have been performed at an ancient Roman Bacchanalia. According to Ticheli, “As it grew more explosive and fiery, the piece evolved to become more like a dance from the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii, destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79.” Indeed the mountain is symbolized by the power and energy in this work. The tension and suspense of the impending cataclysm characterizes the introduction of the main themes. Driving rhythms and complex mode changes convey a bacchanalian mood that is interrupted by quotations from the Dies Irae of the medieval Requiem Mass, invoked as a symbol of death and destruction. An image of everyday village life in the towns oblivious to the danger, portrayed in a quiet interlude, is disturbed by the first fiery events on the mountain. A final battle of themes builds to a state of extreme agitation, conveying the chaos of the volcanic explosions and suffocating ash.

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{about mount vesuvius} Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio, Latin: Mons Vesuvius) is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years, although it is not currently erupting. The two other major active volcanoes in Italy, Etna and Stromboli, are located on the islands of Sicily and Stromboli respectively. Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. They were never rebuilt, although surviving townspeople and probably looters did undertake extensive salvage work after the destructions. The towns’ locations were eventually forgotten until their accidental rediscovery in the 18th century. The eruption also changed the course of the Sarno River and raised the sea beach, so that Pompeii was now neither on the river nor adjacent to the coast. Vesuvius itself underwent major changes – its slopes were denuded of vegetation and its summit changed considerably due to the force of the eruption. Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world. The area around Vesuvius was officially declared a national park on 5 June 1995. The summit of Vesuvius is open to visitors and there is a small network of paths around the mountain that are maintained by the park authorities on weekends. There is access by road to within 200 metres (660 ft) of the summit (measured vertically), but thereafter access is on foot only. There is a spiral walkway around the mountain from the road to the crater.

our musicians A/P HO HWEE LONG, Conductor FLUTE Leng Kuen Yong, Mobius Ng Chen Yi Gavilan Neo Qiu Yezi Sharon Tan Steven Phua* Why Yong Peng

OBOE Hoo Cher Liek Terence Ho

CLARINET Jee Jia Woei Shannon Lee Ee Pin Koon Chang Hui Lin, Jodie Walter Soh Ng Cheng Huat Ian Lum Tan Yue Yuan Richard Png Boon Teck Gena Ng Ping Ping


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SAXOPHONE Chris Goh Lim Guan Han Samuel Goh Jason Foo

BASSOON Sim Kang Rong Mohamed Fahmi

TRUMPET Lin Sujin* Chang Poo Hee Siew Shi Yone Tay Guan Heng Eileen Kan Timothy Teoh Lina Ooi* Lynna Shi Ben Tan

HORN Lawrence Siao* Winston Aw Chye Hock Clement Ng Ho Law Fatt Lewis Lim

TROMBONE Ng Jun Fong Thomas Chen Jin Xuan Asyahari Hussaini Tan Thiam Hee Hoe Kong Foo

EUPHONIUM James Leong Matthew Aw Chee Ming Ng Kok Hin

TUBA David Chan* Leong Yu Fong Russael Tan Chong Ching Tong

STRING BASS Sherman Sia* Suzanna Tang

PERCUSSION Tan Hock Guan Lai Li Hui How Jasen* Teo Sin Hua Lucas* Lin Wan Ying Mindy Low Zhi Yu Glenn Cheah Yong Quan Syahrulnizam B Abdul Rahman * Executive Committee


thank you The National Institute of Education Symphonic Band would like to gratefully acknowledge the support as follows PROFESSOR LEE SING KONG Director, National Institute of Education MR. ALAN CH’NG Divisional Director, Corporate Planning and Development, NIE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CHIA WEI KHUAN Head, Visual & Performing Arts Academic Group ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EUGENE DAIRIANATHAN Music Coordinator, Visual & Performing Arts Academic Group MS. LEE LEY HAR Staff of Visual & Performing Arts Academic Group National Institute of Education Staff of Singapore Conference Hall Colleagues, friends & supporters of NIESB Members of NIESB Youth.

© 2012 NIESB.

OPUS 36.1 Program  

OPUS 36.1 concert program book by the National Institute of Education Symphonic Band.

OPUS 36.1 Program  

OPUS 36.1 concert program book by the National Institute of Education Symphonic Band.