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 J_Norman pic
  Jessye Norman
  photo: Decca Music Group

 McTell pic
  Ralph McTell
  photo: WMG


The Windsongs web pages are mainly about wind music, and also have links to wind music related sites. The main emphasis is on brass and woodwind performance.
Whether it be a 'killing you softly' love song, or Jessye Norman's interpretation of Richard Strauss' "Four Last songs",  being brought back to reality by Ralph McTell's lyrics, a dazzling burst of shooting stars from the trumpet of James Morrison, a don't-breathe moment in the slow movement of a Mahler symphony, the fierce glow of a well-tuned brass band or the impact of a live concert - these and similar performances can leave us with very warm memories nestling forever in our souls.
Why do I even mention any vocal music? That's because music well played on a wind instrument ideally reproduces the strongest, essential elements contained in really great sung performances.
These pages ('Performers', 'Events', 'Education' etc.) reflect my personal biases. To help counter-balance these biases, your feedback is welcomed.

The 'PAGES' :
HOME - brings you back to this page.

RESOURCES - may be one of the more useful pages on this site. It covers the areas of wind playing techniques, practice methods, instrument manufacturers, DIY repair, free legal printed music sites, music-associated electronics, wind synths, and anything that doesn't fit comfortably elsewhere.

PERFORMERS - my own (biased) view of players whom I hold in high regard. It is certain that this list will expand. Many players who deserve a mention may have been omitted - no-one can know of all the exciting wind players who are performing. Please let me know of those you regard as glaring omissions!

ARRANGERS - includes composers of wind music, and covers those amazing, creative souls who turn imagination into soundscapes - especially those who use wind instruments to greatest effect.

EDUCATION - contains links to that very broad subject area, and a few comments.



- a forum to air your ides, opinions etc.

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