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Band Concert, The

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J H Wood (arr. Silbert)

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General Info

Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript


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Program Notes

In 1940, Disney released Fantasia, a series of animated vignettes based on familiar classical music that astounded audiences at the time and continues to dazzle nearly 75 years later. One could make a case that The Band Concert, which premiered in 1935, was an early experiment in the style of animation that would become Fantasia. It is a small masterpiece of comic cinema, deftly matching musical cues with visual gags in almost every frame. The music in question is the Overture to Rossini’s William Tell, although the familiar score takes quite a few unexpected turns. The Band Concert is remarkable in many ways, mainly because it is the first Mickey Mouse short to appear in color. It, and the slew of Disney features that followed, paved the way for animated entertainment. In a time of transition between Vaudeville and Hollywood, Disney used the technology of the latter to remove the physical limitations of the former, particularly in the case of slapstick and physical comedy. Today, nearly 80 years after its first appearance, The Band Concert still maintains the power to mesmerize, and remains as uproariously funny as ever!

- Program Note by Andrew Skaggs for the U.S. Navy Band


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