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Divertimento for Band, Op. 42

Vincent Persichetti

Divertimento for Band consists of six short movements which demonstrate rhythmic and contrapuntal savoir-faire blended neatly with tongue-in-cheek humor and lyrical nostalgia. The work was Persichetti's first for band and is still one of his most popular compositions. It was commissioned by the Goldman Band and premiered by that organization in 1950.

Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) was born in Philadelphia. He was a virtuoso keyboard performer, scholar, author and energetic teacher. Even as a youth he worked as an accompanist, radio staff pianist, orchestra member, church organist and composer. He studied at Combs College, Philadelphia Conservatory, and Curtis Institute. He became a faculty member at Juilliard and editorial director at a music publisher. He composed for nearly every musical medium, and particularly for wind band, with over 120 works published. His influence is widely felt, thanks to his expert teaching and his book on harmonic practices in contemporary music.

Last updated on March 13, 2018 by Palatine Concert Band