Corigliano: "Circus Maximus" Mack-Daddy
1st November 2006
Circus Maximus (Symphony No. 3 for Large Wind Ensemble) Corigliano's groundbreaking first work for concert band premiered in 2005 with Junkin and the University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble. Corigliano composed his band opus as a dramatic and engulfing experience, a "wild ride...people standing to cheer" (musicweb.uk.net). "I searched for its shape," he explains, "with the desire to create a 'spatial' piece in which the performers would surround the audience." The work takes its name from the famed ancient Roman arena and the spectacles offered to crowds with appetites for larger-than-life amusement. "Entertainment dominates our reality and the parallels between the decadence of the coliseums and our present time are obvious."ISBN 1574630482Timothy Salzman's A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Volume III, Meredith Music Publications) contains a chapter on Circus Maximus. Corigliano's work is analyzed by contributor Christopher Koch, who with the composer examines in depth the various influences and novel spatial techniques found in this distinctive concert work.