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Downtown Divertimento

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Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $165.00   |   Score Only (print) - $44.00


1. Dog Play (at Madison Square Park) – 3:10
2. Flatiron Reverie – 3:50
3. Hitting the Highline – 3:30


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals (2)
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The inspiration for Downtown Divertimento comes from Johan de Meij's daily wanderings in Chelsea, in lower Manhattan. The day begins with a leisurely walk to Madison Square Park with his dog Alice. They visit the dog run where she meets up with other city canines. On the way back they have a moment of reflection looking at the nearby Flatiron Building, the striking triangular city landmark. Johan goes for a run later in the day. His jogging shoes naturally head for The Highline, an abandoned railway viaduct that was transformed into a lushly landscaped National Park. He absorbs the spectacular views of the Hudson River and the majestic New York skyline as if seeing them for the first time.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Rocky Mountain Commissioning Project.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: III. (Any two movements)
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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