By Maggie Baird ’18
Maggie Baird ’18 is a member of the trombone section of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble. She shares what she finds especially compelling in the DCWE’s spring concert (Saturday, May 6, 8 pm, Spaulding Auditorium). The concert presents modern wind band masterworks by Frank Ticheli, Karel Husa, William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti and David Maslanka. Matthew M. Marsit directs.
What’s your favorite piece in the upcoming concert? Why?
I absolutely love the Ticheli. We play a lot of music in DCWE that is very innovative and pushes us to our limits, but the Ticheli is powerful in a different way. The low brass has a beautiful chorale that sounds like Bach wrote it, and it stands out as such a distinct moment in this modern concert. I love when we get to shine as a section and play together as a low brass group.
What few measures have you had to work hardest on, and why?
There’s definitely a few spots in the Husa that are tricky. The ending section is written in tenor clef, which is not my favorite to read. Moreover, no person around me is playing at the same time, in fact, we’re all offset by different amounts. You have to know the music so well and be so solid in connecting with Matt to make sure every unique piece sits together to create the entire piece.
How do you relax after a particularly strenuous DCWE rehearsal?
I love the DCWE, and we always make a point to spend time together. Especially after Monday rehearsals, when we always finish as a whole group, we’ll go get dinner in the Hop and hang out. There’s some exchanging of “Matt-isms” and a lot of talk about the music, certainly some complaining, but at the end of the day we’re all so happy to be there making music together.
What do you think we most surprise people about this concert?
It’s so hard to know what people will think just listening to the music. Playing it and working on it in so much detail, you get a very different perspective than hearing the final product. I think the Maslanka is our most challenging and powerful piece, and I really hope people respond to it. If they don’t appreciate it at the time of the concert, I would love to show them some of the parts! Some measures are longer than a line because they have so many notes in them!
By Maggie Baird ’18
Maggie Baird is an ’18 from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She is a linguistics major and a theater minor,and she is determined to have her picture in as many places in the Hop as possible. When she is not in class or working at the Hop, she can be found 95% of the time in Paddock Music Library, which is a great place to study and avoid practicing the trombone.