April 25, 2018
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The highlight of the work (and this disc) is the second movement, an absolutely heart-wrenching setting (and performance) of Wondrous Love . . . If this does not give you goose-bumps, nothing will.

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Merlin Patterson


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"We Remember Them," a tender memorial work by Austin composer Donald Grantham . . . that seems to take in its all-embracing arms lost souls from the Holocaust through September 11 and beyond

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High spirits continue in J'ai été au bal (1999), an homage to dance music indigenous to Louisiana by . . . Donald Grantham. Cajun tunes begin and end the work, and the middle section swings in New Orleans style . . . with impressive solos from tuba, trombone, string bass, trumpet, and percussion.

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Grantham works are rarely without a sense of humor. His music is jazz-influenced, strongly tonal, elegant, and well constructed. “Starry Crown” is based on three gospel melodies, “Some of These Days,” “Oh Rocks,” “Don’t Fall on Me,” and “When I Went Down to the Valley.”

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. . . his Louisiana-inspired J'ai été au bal (I went to the dance), with its artful use of Cajun tunes, is an ear-pricking, toe-tapping delight. The music’s panoply of colours and rhythms is superbly caught; . . .

MusicWeb International
Dan Morgan
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Grantham’s La canción desesperada...grips from first to last, with a continuity and expressiveness fully suited to the choral medium. Grantham’s mastery of the art is...a significant addition

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The final passage . . . turned the forceful choral work into something soothing and lovely, with Grantham achieving a striking contrast between the fearful and the serene

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I’ve previously had occasion in these pages to sing the praises of Donald Grantham (b. 1947) as one of America’s finest living composers of concert band music

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a delightful arrangement of "Exhilaration" saw a trio of violinists on their feet, more fiddlers than classical musicians

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Robert Louis Stevenson's nefarious character is treated to a range of dazzling orchestral coloration and dramatic incident. Grantham… creates atmospheres with a witty, vivid hand

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Then came an abrupt about-face, a loose, sensuous spin across the dance floor via Baron Cimetière's Mambo.

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Donald Grantham, in his brilliant Southern Harmony , bestows a similarly innovative and ingenious treatment to American folk-based material...

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SHENANDOAH (wind ensemble) is now available for rental.
Composer Residency at the Hartt School of Music
Jeanne and I are looking forward to a composer residency I’ll be doing at the Hartt School of Music from May 1st through May 6th of next month.  Hartt ensembles will be performing eleven of my orchestral, wind ensemble and chamber compositions, and I’ll be working with the performers and...
SYMPHONY NO. 2 'after Hafiz'
Recently premiered by the U. S. Marine Band at the Midwest Convention, a score and recording are now available for perusal in the 'Wind Ensemble" category.
WHAT COMES AROUND
WHAT COMES AROUND (wind ensemble) is now available for rental.  Score and recording can be reviewed in the Wind Ensemble category.  This work--in the New Orleans brass band, second line tradition--is
similar in style to the composer's J'ai été au bal, but not as...
EFFULGENT LIGHT
EFFULGENT LIGHT (wind ensemble) is now available for rental.  Review a score and recording in the Wind Ensemble category.  Commissioned by the Cedar Park Wind Ensemble, Christopher Yee,
conductor, for premiere at the 2017 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.