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Bert Appermont

Bert Appermont

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Subtitle: The Golden Age

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 46:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Beriato Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – €159.00


1. Misterioso - Allegro misterioso – 15:47
2. Maestoso - Moderato - Tempo di valse – 8:10
3. Adagio espressivo – 11:50
4. Presto con Fuoco – Adagio con Amore – Grandioso – 10:25


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Program Notes

It was through my correspondence with David Maslanka that I discovered Bert Appermont’s Symphony No. 2, “The Golden Age” (2011), a symphony modeled explicitly on the epic symphonies of Gustav Mahler and Dmitri Shostakovich. Appermont’s symphony demonstrates an even further expansion of the possibilities the wind ensemble offers modern symphonists, and very much reflects the traditions of European romantic symphonists. As with Maslanka and generations of other symphonists, Appermont utilizes the symphony as a means to portray both the world around him and the inner struggle inherent in navigating this world. Part of his program note reads:

The title of this symphony serves as a metaphor for the modern world and, as such, has a certain ironic undertone. To what extent has humankind achieved its divine potential? How did the world reach the state it is in today? And whatever happened to that Golden Age in which we may once have lived?

The duality of human existence is interwoven in all four parts and runs like a thread through the entire symphony. Even in the darkest depths there is always a glimmer of light; in joy is sewn the seed of vexation, and in doubt is contained the germ of hope.

So it is that every answer provokes a new question and the music itself is an expression of the unending momentum of the universe -- like a perpetual motion machine that turns in even tighter, more complex spirals of existence.

We have lost touch with the higher beings. Yet there is more between heaven and earth than we can possibly grasp. Will humankind find its way back to the Golden Age? Or will it continue to struggle through a seemingly free and happy world of insanity?

– Bert Appermont, 2011

- Program Note by Kevin Holzman for the Eastman Wind Ensemble concert program, 5 February 2016


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