Spoon Riveris by Percy Grainger
Conductoed By Matt Ingelson
Matt was born in Calgary, Alberta and was raised in Palm Springs, California. Throughout the past decade, he has performed in six countries on five continents. His playing credits include performances for several celebrities and dignitaries, including Barry Manilow, Carol Channing, Suzzanne Somers, Keeley Smith, George Takei, Former President Gerald Ford, and many others. He has also performed as a soloist for Frank Ticheli and the late Will Schaeffer. Matt is an active performer and currently studies Music Education at VanderCook College of Music.
Spoon Riveris a setting of an American Folk Song by Percy Grainger. The tune itself came to Percy Grainger by way of Captain Charles Robinson, who heard the song being played near Spoon River (an actual river in Western Illinois) in 1857. Robinson was struck by the similarity of the title to an anthology of poems by Edgar Lee Masters entitled the Spoon River Anthology, and wrote Masters with a copy of the music. Masters sent the music to Grainger who then wrote the piece for solo piano in 1919. In 1967, Glenn Cliffe Bainum re-orchestrated the music for wind band, and this rendition has become the standard version for the wind band.