Joseph Kreines: A biographical sketch, an analysis of "American Song Set for Band" and a descriptive catalogue of his original compositions and transcriptions for wind band

Paul Eugene Weikle Jr.

Abstract

Joseph Kreines is a well-respected composer, conductor and educator who has maintained an illustrious musical career in Florida and elsewhere. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Kreines came to Florida in the 1960s as the Associate Conductor of the Florida Symphony Orchestra. Other professional conducting appointments with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and appointments as the conductor of the Florida Symphony Orchestra Youth Symphony, Pinellas Youth Symphony Orchestra and Brevard Youth Symphony Orchestra proved to be the launching of a successful free-lance career as guest conductor for hundreds of Secondary programs in Florida and elsewhere including band, orchestra and choir. Kreines has long been heralded for his work with the young musicians of Florida, which was recognized by the Florida Bandmasters Association in 2004 with his selection to their "Roll of Distinction." Equally adept as a composer, arranger and transcriber of music, Kreines has composed and written over two hundred works in many genres of music. While his oeuvre is quite diverse, he is noted as a champion for composing and transcribing music for the wind band. He is perhaps most noted for his work on the music of Percy Grainger, famous Australian composer who wrote many wind band pieces that, due to publishing practices of the time, contained many errata, which had to be corrected for public performance. This study will provide a current biography, an analysis of one of his original wind-band compositions, American Song Set for Band , and a catalog of his collected works for wind band complete through December of 2011. There are also appendices that contain an engraved digital copy of the score for American Song Set for Band , a chronological discography of recordings featuring Joseph Kreines' music and transcriptions of interviews with Kreines and other individuals important to his personal and musical life.