Franz Liszt’s and Richard Wagner’s works for wind instruments and wind ensembles of various kinds as well as for winds and voices in various combinations epitomize much of nineteenth-century musical romanticism. From ceremonial and religious works to compositions for court occasions from the concert hall to the operatic stage Wagner’s and Liszt’s wind and wind-voice music offers insights into each composer’s stylistic evolution as well as the emergence of the symphonic poem and music-drama as genres in their own right.
Keith Kinder is Professor of Music and Director of the School of the Arts at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he conducts the McMaster Chamber Orchestra and the McMaster Concert Band and is responsible for the direction of the Music Education program. Prior to his appointment at McMaster, Dr. Kinder served on the faculty of the University of Prince Edward Island and taught instrumental music for many years in the schools of Nova Scotia. He holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario (B. Mus. – Music Education), Northwestern University (M. Mus. – Trombone Performance), and the University of Colorado (D.M.A. – Instrumental Conducting).
An internationally recognized researcher in the area of wind music, Dr. Kinder appears regularly at conferences all over the world, and publishes frequently in recognized journals dedicated to his primary research interests. He also researches conducting where his principal interest is in the expressive interpretation of music notation through the creative application of gesture.
He has previously published two books: The Wind and Wind-Chorus Music of Anton Bruckner (Greenwood Publications, 2000) and Best Music for Chorus and Winds (Manhattan Beach Music, 2005). A third book, Prophetic Trumpets: Homage, Worship and Celebration in the Wind Band Music of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt is published by Pendragon Press.