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Cats Tales

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Peter Graham

Peter Graham

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 14:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gramercy Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - ₤94.95   |   Score Only (print) - ₤29.95


1. Catalonia - 3:35
2. Catwalk - 2:22
3. Scat!
4. Catnip
5. Toccata


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

  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the early 1980s I had the good fortune to live and work in New York City. Since the 1930s The Big Apple has enjoyed a reputation as the jazz capital of the world. Indeed, jazz seemed to be a part of the very fabric of everyday life in the city. One might pass Frank Sinatra leaving The Players (Club) or Buddy Rich en route to a gig, while a few blocks south of my apartment the famous Blue Note Club played host to a succession of legendary jazz “Cats”, from Dizzy Gillespie to rising star Wynton Marsalis.

Cats Tales pays tribute to four wonderful musicians who shared a love of jazz and New York City. Film composer Elmer Bernstein is remembered in 1) Catalonia before a musical gear change that references the work of his contemporary colleague, Bernstein East, aka Leonard Bernstein. The presence of West Side Story looms large here.

Henry Mancini's most famous composition (which concerned a cat of the pink variety) provides the inspiration for the 2nd movement, 2) Catwalk before saxophone legend Sonny Rollins’s jazz standard Airegin is given a contrafact treatment in 3) Scat! allowing a number of instrumental soloists to shine.

This version was premiered by the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Wind Band, Conductor Kazuhiko Komatsu, in Osaka, Japan on 27 April 2008.

- Program Note from score

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