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By Carl Schroeder


A CONCERT BAND SUITE IN THREE MOVEMENTS
(ALSO ARRANGED FOR ORCHESTRA)

Commissioned by the
CALHOUN-ISLES COMMUNITY BAND
of Minneapolis, Minnesota



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about the composition 

Commissioned by the Calhoun-Isles Community Band of Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Minnesota Portraits is a three-movement suite for concert band based on the composer’s impressions of various Minnesota landmarks.

Movement I, “Historic Fort Snelling," is a tribute to one of the most important historic sites in the Midwestern United States. Located at the juncture of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, Fort Snelling was established in 1819 and served for many years as a vital center for trade, lodging, and exchanges between soldiers, settlers and Native Americans. While capturing the excitement of those pioneer days, “Historic Fort Snelling” also reflects on and pays honor to armed forces veterans buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Movement II, "Lake Calhoun Sunrise," playfully re-enacts the beauty of a summer daybreak over the calm waters of Minneapolis’ scenic Lake Calhoun, one of Minnesota's more than 11,000 lakes.

Movement III, "Mississippi River," is a fluid musical portrait that begins by depicting the source of the North America’s longest river, the tranquil headwaters at Itasca, Minnesota’s oldest state park. From there, the music and the river pick up speed, passing by the bustling cities and towns that were built along Minnesota’s original thoroughfare. The majestic power of the river then provides a fitting musical climax for The Minnesota Portraits.

The Minnesota Portraits
, composed by Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has an approximate performance time of 8 minutes. Originally composed for concert band, it has also been arranged for orchestra. The first movement, "Historic Fort Snelling," has been adapted for flute ensemble and snare drum.

listen to The Minnesota Portraits (concert band and orchestra versions)
follow the audio links below

CONCERT BAND VERSION

Play Mvt. 1
"Historic Fort Snelling"
Play Mvt. 2
"Lake Calhoun Sunrise"
Play Mvt. 3
"Mississippi River"

ORCHESTRA VERSION

Play Mvt. 1
"Historic Fort Snelling"
Play Mvt. 2
"Lake Calhoun Sunrise"
Play Mvt. 3
"Mississippi River"

Concert band version: movements 1 and 3 recorded by the Nebraska Wind Symphony; Erica Neidlinger, conductor
Concert band
version: movement 2 recorded by the Cornell University Symphonic Band; Robert Whalen, conductor

Orchestra version recorded by the St. Olaf Philharmonia; Jo Ann Polley, conductor

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about the composer

Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, composes music for concert band, orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles and solo piano that often draws inspiration from American history, current events, natural surroundings and memories. His large ensemble music has been performed by more than 40 concert bands, orchestras and choirs, including the Air Force Band of Mid-America and Ukraine's Chamber Choir Kyiv. He has written commissioned works for the Cornell University Symphonic Band, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, Southwest Wind Ensemble, Calhoun-Isles Community Band, Wells Fargo Chorus and other ensembles and individuals, and four CDs of his music have been released. His choral work Two December Carols has been published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Schroeder is a 2005 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he studied composition primarily with Timothy Mahr and Peter Hamlin. In 2001, he was named "Composer with Most Potential" by the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and in 2004 he was one of three under-25 American composers chosen to participate in the National Band Association’s Young Composer Mentor Project, where he took lessons with composers Mark Camphouse, Donald Grantham and Dana Wilson. He composed The Minnesota Portraits during the summer of 2003 and adapted the work for orchestra the following summer. In 2006 he adapted the third movement, "Mississippi River," for solo piano and also completed a revised version of the original concert band version. In 2015 he adapted the first movement, "Historic Fort Snelling," for flute ensemble and snare drum.

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CONCERT PERFORMANCES concert band version unless otherwise noted
Nov. 13, 2003: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Richard Raaen, conductor - Minneapolis, MN premiere
Mar. 21, 2004: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Richard Raaen, conductor - Edina, MN
May 15, 2004: St. Olaf College Valhalla Band; Haley Clark, conductor - Northfield, MN
June 8, 2004: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Josh Anderson, conductor - Minneapolis, MN
June 27, 2004: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Josh Anderson, conductor - St. Paul, MN
June 29, 2004: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Josh Anderson, conductor - Bloomington, MN
July 7, 2004: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Carrie Backman, conductor - Eden Prairie, MN
July 14, 2004: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Carrie Backman, conductor - St. Louis Park, MN
July 18, 2004: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Josh Anderson, conductor - Edina, MN
Nov. 21, 2004:
St. Olaf Philharmonia; Jo Ann Polley, conductor - Northfield, MN premiere (orchestra arrangement)
Jan. 30, 2005:
Nebraska Wind Symphony; Erica Neidlinger, conductor - Omaha, NE
Mar. 4, 2005:
Cornell University Symphonic Band, Robert Whalen, conductor - Ithaca, NY ("Lake Calhoun Sunrise")
Apr. 4, 2005;
Paynesville High School Band; Ken Vork, conductor - Paynesville, MN
June 5, 2005:
Minnesota Symphonic Winds; Jeffrey Ruhnke, conductor - Edina, MN
Nov. 10, 2005:
Southwest High School Wind Ensemble; Keith Liuzzi, conductor - Minneapolis, MN
June 4, 2006: Calhoun-Isles Community Band
; Paul Kile, conductor - Minneapolis, MN
June 18, 2006: Calhoun-Isles Community Band
; Paul Kile, conductor - St. Paul, MN
July 16, 2006: Calhoun-Isles Community Band
; Paul Kile, conductor - Edina, MN
July 18, 2006: Calhoun-Isles Community Band
; Paul Kile, conductor - Bloomington, MN
Nov. 19, 2006:
Star of the North Concert Band; Wayne Feller, conductor - Red Wing, MN
Dec. 5, 2006: Edina High School Varsity Band; Paul Kile, conductor - Edina, MN
May 11, 2008: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Paul Kile, conductor - Minneapolis, MN ("Historic Fort Snelling" and "Mississippi River")
Apr. 19, 2009: MBDA 9-10 State Honor Band, Tim Diem, conductor - Red Wing, MN ("Historic Fort Snelling")
VIDEO LINK Watch this performance on YouTube
Mar. 21, 2010: Saint Mary's University Concert Band; Janet Heukeshoven, conductor - Winona, MN
Nov. 13, 2010: Rochester Community Band; Mike Mangan, conductor - Rochester, MN
Dec. 18, 2012: Calhoun-Isles Community Band
; Tedd Gullickson, conductor - Minneapolis, MN ("Historic Fort Snelling")
June 4, 2013:
Minnesota Symphonic Winds; Paul Kile, conductor - Bloomington, MN
May 18, 2014: Northeast Orchestra; Jeffrey Stirling, conductor - Fridley, MN (orchestra arrangement)
July 20, 2015: Flute Cocktail; Cindy Farrell, conductor
- Edina, MN premiere ("Historic Fort Snelling" flute ensemble arrangement)
Nov. 7, 2015: Flute Cocktail; Cindy Farrell, conductor
- Minneapolis, MN ("Historic Fort Snelling" flute ensemble arrangement)
Sept. 24, 2016: Minnesota State Band; Keith Liuzzi, conductor - Litchfield, MN
Nov. 9, 2016: Minnesota State Band; Keith Liuzzi, conductor - Minneapolis, MN
June 24, 2017: Minnesota State Band; Keith Liuzzi, conductor - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 16, 2017: Minnesota State Band; Keith Liuzzi, conductor - St. Paul, MN


NEWS ARTICLES
May 2004: "Student composer hits high note with compositions, leadership" (Anna Palmer, St. Olaf Magazine)
Feb. 9, 2005: "Composer visits PAHS band practice" (Michael Jacobson, Paynesville Press)
Jan. 27, 2005: "Nebraska Wind Symphony sets sights on youths" (Kim Roberts-Gudeman, Omaha World-Herald)

RADIO BROADCASTS
June 28
, 2006: Classical Discoveries (Marvin Rosen, host; WPRB 103.3FM, Princeton, NJ) - Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Richard Raaen, conductor

RECORDINGS
The Minnesota Portraits and other music by Carl Schroeder
- Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Richard Raaen, conductor
88 Keys: Piano Music by Carl Schroeder ("Mississippi River" piano arrangement) - Carl Schroeder, piano


Details and Ordering information

Instrumentation (Band):
pic, 2 fl, ob, bsn, 3 cl, b cl, 2 a sax, t sax, b sax, 3 tpt, 2 hn, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 3 perc
Instrumentation (Orchestra): pic, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hrn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tuba, timp, 3 perc, harp, strings
Difficulty Level: Grade 3 (Ideal for high school, community and college ensembles.)

BAND VERSION: Listen to Recording | View the Complete Score (PDF)
ORCHESTRA VERSION: Listen to Recording | View the Complete Score (PDF)

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Band audio courtesy of Cornell University Symphonic Band (Robert Whalen, conductor)
and Nebraska Wind Symphony (Erica Neidlinger, conductor);
Orchestra audio courtesy of St. Olaf Philharmonia (Jo Ann Polley, conductor)