Big Four on the River

From Wind Repertory Project
James M. David

James M David

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drums (concert and pedal)
  • Brake Drum
  • China Cymbal (large)
  • Crotales
  • Hi-Hat
  • Jam Block (high)
  • Marimba
  • Ribbon Crasher
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Big Four on the River is a short work for wind ensemble inspired by the historic riverfront cities of my native Southeastern United States. Cities like Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans share a rich cultural heritage that reflects the diversity and conflict found within the region. Of course, jazz played a strong role in these towns and is on full display in this piece.

The “big four” refers to the emphasis on the fourth beat of each bar in traditional jazz (particularly in second line drumming). The work moves through time beginning with a strong Dixieland flavor, moving to the swing era, followed by 70s fusion, and finally a touch of indie grunge.

This work is dedicated to my colleague and fellow southerner and trombonist, Dr. Rebecca Phillips.

- Program Note by composer


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