April 28, 2017
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The highlight of the work (and this disc) is the second movement, an absolutely heart-wrenching setting (and performance) of Wondrous Love . . . If this does not give you goose-bumps, nothing will.

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Merlin Patterson


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"We Remember Them," a tender memorial work by Austin composer Donald Grantham . . . that seems to take in its all-embracing arms lost souls from the Holocaust through September 11 and beyond

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High spirits continue in J'ai été au bal (1999), an homage to dance music indigenous to Louisiana by . . . Donald Grantham. Cajun tunes begin and end the work, and the middle section swings in New Orleans style . . . with impressive solos from tuba, trombone, string bass, trumpet, and percussion.

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Grantham works are rarely without a sense of humor. His music is jazz-influenced, strongly tonal, elegant, and well constructed. “Starry Crown” is based on three gospel melodies, “Some of These Days,” “Oh Rocks,” “Don’t Fall on Me,” and “When I Went Down to the Valley.”

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. . . his Louisiana-inspired J'ai été au bal (I went to the dance), with its artful use of Cajun tunes, is an ear-pricking, toe-tapping delight. The music’s panoply of colours and rhythms is superbly caught; . . .

MusicWeb International
Dan Morgan
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Grantham’s La canción desesperada...grips from first to last, with a continuity and expressiveness fully suited to the choral medium. Grantham’s mastery of the art is...a significant addition

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The final passage . . . turned the forceful choral work into something soothing and lovely, with Grantham achieving a striking contrast between the fearful and the serene

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I’ve previously had occasion in these pages to sing the praises of Donald Grantham (b. 1947) as one of America’s finest living composers of concert band music

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a delightful arrangement of "Exhilaration" saw a trio of violinists on their feet, more fiddlers than classical musicians

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Robert Louis Stevenson's nefarious character is treated to a range of dazzling orchestral coloration and dramatic incident. Grantham… creates atmospheres with a witty, vivid hand

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Then came an abrupt about-face, a loose, sensuous spin across the dance floor via Baron Cimetière's Mambo.

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Donald Grantham, in his brilliant Southern Harmony , bestows a similarly innovative and ingenious treatment to American folk-based material...

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Let Evening Come
Hear a new recording of this work by the U. S. Marine Band, Jason Fettig conductor, in the Wind Ensemble Category.
SYMPHONY NO. 2 'after Hafiz'
Recently premiered by the U. S. Marine Band at the Midwest Convention, a score and recording are now available for perusal in the 'Wind Ensemble" category.