Crown Point


Crown Point



J. L. Bowder

Crown Point for Winds and Percussion (1990)

1. 1991 Reading Session

2. 1998 Concert

The University of Southern Maine Concert Band

Peter Martin, Conductor

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University of Southern Maine


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Jerry L. Bowder is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Southern Maine. He joined the University of Southern Maine faculty in 1960 after receiving a PhD. in composition at the Eastman School of Music where he studies with Alan Hovhaness, Bernard Rogers, and Howard Hanson. He studied with George McKay at the University of Washington, Seattle, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1952, and Robert Stoltz for his Master of Music Degree in Composition from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, in 1956.

Active as a composer for over 40 years, his compositions include four symphonies, a string quartet, and a number of other works. Dr. Bowder was appointed the Maine Bicentennial Composer in 1976 and has received many commissions and awards, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1972 for his String Quartet No. 1. Dr. Bowder's music is published by Accura Music of Rochester, New York, and Manduca Music Publications of Portland, Maine.

Crown Point is promontory overlooking the Columbia River near Portland, Oregon, and was important in the pioneer history of the author's family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The work bearing this name is dedicated to the author's mother and father. There are no programmatic associations in the music which is based on a 14 note series of tones, halves of which are used to generate the expected 1st and 2nd themes of the sonata-allegro movement. The themes come together in the closing section where the 14 note melody is heard in its entirety for the first time.

The first track is a reading session on October, 26, 1991. The second track was recorded at a concert honoring the retirement of the author on March 22, 1998.

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Crown Point