The University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony, conducted by Andrew Boysen Jr., has released a CD of the compositions of UNH music professor Michael Annicchiarico. Recorded at UNH in October of last year, the CD contains 5 pieces: Mythologies, Landscapes, Chelmsford Common, …that which feeds the soul…, and ‘S’ain’t Funk.
“I am very fortunate to have Professor Andrew Boysen champion my music,” says Annicchiarico. “Through his encouragement, I have written …that which feeds the soul…, ‘S’ain’t Funk, and the film score to The Iron Mask, all of which Professor Boysen premiered. Last year he outdid himself by performing and recording all of my wind ensemble music (minus The Iron Mask, which he previously recorded). Some of this music is very difficult to play, and I am grateful to Professor Boysen and all of the students of the Wind Symphony for their devotion to my music. The new CD is a marvelous testimony to their musicianship and effort!”
Annicchiarico received his M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition from Brandeis University and his B.M. in music theory from the University of New Hampshire. He has composed works for film, orchestra, band, chorus and chamber ensembles, and has arranged numerous pieces for jazz band and jazz choir. His music has been performed by the University of Ohio Wind Ensemble and the Rutgers University Symphony Band, and his jazz arrangements have been performed by a variety of groups, including the Jazz Heritage Orchestra of Cleveland. His score for the 1929 silent film Iron Mask was premiered live by the UNH Wind Symphony (Andrew Boysen, conductor) in October, 2009. Currently, Annicchiarico is at work on an opera about World War II.