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Anthony Iannaccone

Anthony Iannaccone

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General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00


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Program Notes

This significant, sophisticated, single-movement work that incorporates many colors and technical capabilities in all voices. Calling for harp and piano, the evocative piece explores the permutations and similarities in motivic borrowings; in this case, material is quoted from the composer's previous symphony, Schubert's Erlking, and a J.S. Bach chorale.

- Program Note by publisher

Apparitions was commissioned by and dedicated to Richard Suddendorf and the Western Michigan University Band. The WMU Band premiered the work on March 27, 1987, with the composer conducting. It won first prize in the 11th NBA band composition contest and was runner-up in the 1987-1988 AVA-Ostwald competition contest.

The concert of this work was inspired by the brief Walt Whitman poem Apparition:

A vague mist hanging 'round half the pages;
(Sometimes how strange and clear to the soul,
That all these solid thing are indeed but apparitions,
concepts, non-realities.)

In this artistic combination of music and literature, Iannaccone uses three musical figures which share the common intervals of a descending perfect fifth and an ascending minor sixth. The musical shapes include (1) fragments from Iannaccone's Symphony No. 1, representing a cold win on a dark night, as well as Schubert's Erlking, depicting a galloping horse carrying a father holding a dying child; (2) te child's plea to the father, don't you see the Erlkng?"; and (3) a Luther chorale Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee. For obvious tempo/style changes provide more accessible divisions for the first-time listener. The entire work deals with both the appearance (apparitions) and the true nature of an abstract idea.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


  • National Band Association Composition Competition, 1987, winner

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Iannaccone, A. (1988). Apparitions [score]. Ludwig Music Pub.: Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 313-314.