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Finding Recordings

The purpose of this page is to provide suggested resources for finding professional recordings of pieces that you may be working on for solo and ensemble, IMEA, Concert/Symphonic Band, music tech, an honor band, or any other project.  Our hope is that a recording might inspire you and increase your understanding and appreciation of the piece that you are preparing.

Ask Us!

Ask the EPCHS Band online team to find a recording.  Check out the Recording Finder: Ask Us page and give us some of the information about what you are looking for and we will send you or post online the closest thing we can find!

Online Recordings

YouTube is a great way to find recordings.  You can find a video of almost any song performed by different groups around the world. In addition, look for playlists of orchestras, composers, or artists for comparable works.  Check out the band's YouTube page at www.youtube.com/epchsmusic to watch recordings of the band.  Also check out our subscriptions to see channels that we think are interesting!

Grooveshark is a free music streaming database.  It contains millions of songs that you can play and unlimited number of times for free.  Classical music is a little hard to find but you can get it with a little searching.  Try searching for a specific artist, composer, or CD that contains the piece you are looking for.  Check out the band's profile at listen.grooveshark.com/user/epchsmusic for playlists of music we like.

Classical Archives

Classical archives is a great way to learn about classical music including composer, piece, and performer information.  The website has a huge database of most compositions and is a great way to gain a larger perspective on your piece such as composer information, history, or why the piece was written.  The website offers 0:30-1:00 previews of every song which is great to sample a piece or performer.  There is a free two week trial of their paid service which allows you to access their entire catalog.

Pandora is a great way to discover new music.  The more you use Pandora (by liking or disliking songs) the more it will adapt to your tastes.  Take a look at the band's Pandora profile for some pre-made stations:
www.pandora.com/people/epchsmusic.  Unfortunately Pandora limits free play time to 40 hours a month.


EPCHS Band Recordings

Concert/Symphonic/Marching Band
Professional recordings of music that is being prepared by the Concert and Symphonic bands can be found on the Current Band Music page.  Recordings produced by the band can be found on our YouTube page at www.youtube.com/epchsmusic and on our podcast at www.epchsmusic.podbean.com

Full audition details: IMEA
For part 2 of the audition, students are asked to prepare two etudes. The etudes rotate in a three year cycle.  Sets 1, 2, and 3 are used, then Set 1 is used again.  Ensure that you prepare the correct set for your audition! Set 1 will be used in the 2013-14 auditions, Set 2 in the 2011-12 auditions, and Set 3 in the 2012-13 auditions.  Recordings are provided on each set's page along with sheet music.

Set 1 (2013-14)                 Set 2 (2011-12)                    Set 3 (2012-13)

Recorded Classical Music Guides

The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music
2010 version at Amazon
This has remained the best and most successful guide to classical music for more than forty years. It includes an overview of the greatest historic performances, major period instrument recordings, an in-depth survey of the best of the budget-priced CDs, and the core collection of 100 handpicked, must-have CDs. The book is published annually and you can usually pick up last years copy for more than half off which is definitely worth a look!

The Gramophone Classical Music Guide
2011 version at Amazon

Classical Music Third Ear: The Essential Listening Companion
Essential Listening Companion at Amazon
Ranging from Gregorian chant to Philip Glass, this well-balanced guide to historical and contemporary classical music examines major works by 500 composers worldwide. It focuses on exemplary recordings of symphonies, operas, concertos, choral pieces, chamber music, piano pieces and other works performed by an international spectrum of premier conductors, musicians and vocalists. Incisive, often anecdotal critiques define the distinctive style and interpretation of thousands of selected works and recordings.

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Adam Schneblin
Director of Bands | Conductor, Symphonic Band
309.694.8300 | [email protected]
1401 E. Washington Street, East Peoria, IL 61611

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