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GERALD OSWALD

Introduce yourself:

I was born in Groß St. Florian (Austria) in 1968. I completed my studies in Trumpet, Conducting and Composition as well as various workshops with Franz Cibulka, Thomas Doss, Jan Van der Roost a. o. Today I’m a teacher for Brass instruments and Band Conducting at the Erzherzog Johann Conservatory in Stainz, as well as a teacher for Conducting at the J.J. Fux music school in Graz. In 2010 my work Variations on an Austrian Folk Song was awarded at the Austrian Composition Competition. Since 2011 I’ve been working with Mitropa Music (Hal Leonard MGB).


What inspired you to start composing?

I did my first steps towards composing only at the age of 34. In 2002 I attended the class for Concert Band Conducting with Franz Cibuka at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory. He stimulated and motivated me to compose. At this time I wrote my first compositions.

 
 

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

I mostly find the topics for my compositon in my environment. My two children (three and eight years old) inspire me to the youth band compositions. Knights, Red Indians and the fire brigade are always a theme at home. For commissioned compositions the topics are mostly determined by the commissioner. Furthermore I’m interested in many musical styles and thus constantly get inspiration for my compositions.


Your top 5 symphonic works

Richard Strauss – An Alpine Symphony

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 1

Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 7

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3

Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3


What is your next project?

My next project will be a commissioned work about the Roman City of Flavia Solva. The excavation site of this city is near to my home. The music describes the live of people in this city, it’s destruction by the Teutons, and it’s reconstruction.

Emerald Fantasy
The composition Emerald Fantasy tells of Ireland's stunning green and hilly landscape, from its turbulent history as well as the courage and unerring zest for life of the locals. With over forty shades of green and wonderful scenery, Ireland is among the most beautiful locations in the whole of Europe.
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Emerald Fantasy
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 64,00
Right Here Right Now
This energetic and rhythmical piece from Gerald Oswald depicts the frivolous spirit of young people. The middle section contains a short contemplative section symbolising the youngsters’ search for balance and inner peace. After this section the beginning section returns in an even more energetic way, summarising the essence of life: live up to every moment, live ‘here and now’! This energetic and rhythmical piece from Gerald Oswald depicts the frivolous spirit of young people. The middle section contains a short contemplative section symbolising the youngsters’ search for balance and inner peace. After this section the beginning section returns in an even more energetic way, summarising the essence of life: live up to every moment, live ‘here and now’!
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Right Here Right Now
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 125,00
Andante & Rondo
Gerald Oswald has made a fine arrangement of the second (ANDANTE) and third (RONDO) movements of the concerto to feature the tuba, accompanied by the piano.
The solo part is also available in an edition with concert band accompaniment (1913-13-010 M).
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Andante & Rondo
Tuba
from Concerto for Double Bass
Antonio Capuzzi
Mitropa Music
Tuba and Piano
Book Only
€ 21,00
All Over the Country
In his solo piece for alto saxophone and concert band, Gerald Oswald presents a musical palette of landscapes, moods and human characters. The music reflects different and contrasting moods and lifestyles. The composer set out to show the diversity, the cultural differences and the contrasting ways of life that might exist right next to each other on a piece of land. The result is a varied composition, sure to bring joy to the soloist, the concert band and audience alike!
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All Over the Country
Concert Band
for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Alto Saxophone and Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 88,00
Mambo Americano
Mambo Americano is a homage to the composers of the golden age of mambo. Compositions such as those of Perez Prado or Leonard Bernstein’s Mambo from West Side Story of the 1950s are an established part of our contemporary music world—and it’s exactly this era that is conjured up for the audience in Mambo Americano!
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Mambo Americano
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 94,00
The Fire Brigade
The fire brigade is tackling a blaze. The brave firemen battle the high flames and eventually the fire is put out. Proud and satisfied they make their way back to the station. Rustling paper represents the crackling of the fire—an effect made all the more special by the use of red and yellow sheets of paper. This exciting and adventurous work is ideal for brave, young bands!
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The Fire Brigade
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 58,00
Sunny Side Up
This piece of music is especially designed to brighten your day! The infectious energy and rhythm, together with the happy melody, will drive all the rainclouds away. Enjoy life with Sunny Side Up!
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Sunny Side Up
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 94,00
La Canzone della Fantasia
The chorale La Canzone della Fantasia is suitable for every wind band, thanks to its careful instrumentation. It is especially suitable as an exercise for your orchestra. Above all this piece serves as an ideal point of rest in any concert programme, allowing your audience to forget the hectic nature of everyday life.
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La Canzone della Fantasia
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 82,00
The Rise of the Blackjack
This composition tells the exciting story of Blackjack, the pirate ship. She emerges from the fog, sails billowing as she cruises the ocean. Suddenly a strange ship appears on the horizon and a battle ensues. Blackjack fires a salvo of canons and hijacks the ship. Loaded with plundered treasure, the crew merrily hoist the sails of the Blackjack and embark on their next adventure.
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The Rise of the Blackjack
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 120,00
The Knight's Castle
Gerald Oswald’s new composition, The Knight’s Castle, takes listeners on a journey to the middle ages and introduces its inhabitants. After hearing the majestic introduction, a knight is seen riding towards the castle on his way to court the lovely princess residing there. The old ghost inhabiting the castle watches this romance blossom with great sadness. Only the castle and its ghost know how this story will end. The audience, on the other hand, will have to use their imaginations…
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The Knight's Castle
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 70,00
Call of the Buffalo
In this work, the composer Gerald Oswald tells of the song and dance of the medicine man Buffalo. His songs and the sound of the drums are heard far off on the prairie. This ceremony serves to give thanks to Buffalo, who ensures the survival of the tribe.
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Call of the Buffalo
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 64,00
Fantasy on a Hebrew Folk Song
If there’s one Hebrew folk song that’s known the world over, it’s Hava Nagila. The title translated means ‘let us be happy’. The melody of this festive song - often sung at Jewish weddings - comes originally from a Romanian folk song. This rousing arrangement is sure to get your audience tapping their toes or singing along!
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Fantasy on a Hebrew Folk Song
Fanfare
Hava Nagila
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Fanfare
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 82,00
Variations on an Austrian Folksong
Hot off the press! Composer Gerald Oswald bases this new work on an old Austrian folksong, O du lieber Augustin! The Augustin in questions is a ballad singer and an ad lib poet who apparently wrote this folksong about himself. His grim sense of humour and his attitude towards life, that humour can get you through anything, are readily apparent in this new piece. Gerald Oswald’s Variations on an Austrian Folk Song received top honours at the 2010 Austrian Composition Contest.
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Variations on an Austrian Folksong
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 100,00
Andante & Rondo
Antonio Capuzzi (August 1, 1755 - March 28, 1818) was an Italian violinist and composer who studied violin with Nazari and composition with Bertoni. In 1805 he moved to Bergamo, where he was professor of violin at the Instituto Musicale and leader of the orchestra at Teatro Riccardi. He was highly regarded there both as a teacher and a performer. Although popular in his day, most of his music is now forgotten; his most commonly performed piece today is the Concerto for Double Bass. All of Capuzzi’s known compositions were written during his Venetian years. It was in Venice that Capuzzi became close friends with Domenico Dragonetti, Beethoven‘s virtuoso bassist. It is speculated that Capuzzi wrote his Concerto for Double Bass for Dragonetti. Gerald Oswald has made a fine arrangement of the second (Andante) and third (Rondo) movements of the concerto to feature either euphonium or tuba with concert band. The solo part is also available in an edition with piano accompaniment.
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Andante & Rondo
Concert Band
from Concerto for Double Bass arranged for Tuba or Euphonium and Concert Band
Antonio Capuzzi
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 145,00
Fantasy on a Hebrew Folk Song
If there’s one Hebrew folk song that’s known the world over, it’s Hava Nagila. The title translated means ‘let us be happy’. The melody of this festive song - often sung at Jewish weddings - comes originally from a Romanian folk song. This rousing arrangement is sure to get your audience tapping their toes or singing along!
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Fantasy on a Hebrew Folk Song
Concert Band
Hava Nagila
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 82,00
Andante & Rondo
Gerald Oswald has made a fine arrangement of the second (Andante) and third (Rondo) movements of the concerto to feature the euphonium, accompanied by the piano. The solo part is also available in an edition with concert band accompaniment (1913-13-010 M).
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Andante & Rondo
Baritone or Euphonium
from Concerto for Double Bass
Antonio Capuzzi
Mitropa Music
Euphonium and Piano
Book Only
€ 21,00
Music for Happiness
As the title suggests, the Austrian composer Gerald Oswald’s work Music for Happiness aims above all to convey a message: the great joy in making music together. Music making is joyful and relaxing, and brings a carefree, liberating freedom into the lives of listeners and musicians alike. It conjures a smile on our lips and inspires us to perform in our daily lives with gusto and spirit.
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Music for Happiness
Concert Band
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 76,00
Kein Schöner Land
Kein schöner Land is surely one of the best-known of all German folk songs. The song recounts the story of a group of friends who spend a happy evening singing.The arrangement by Gerald Oswald begins with an evening mood, followed then by the theme in various instruments and in different forms. After a grandioso, the composition returns to the evening mood. Kein schöner Land is a timeless folk song that we still take to our hearts even today.
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Kein Schöner Land
Concert Band
A Traditional German Folk Song
Gerald Oswald
Mitropa Music
Concert Band/Harmonie
Set (Score & Parts)
€ 82,00