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East Coast Pictures

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Nigel Hess

Nigel Hess

General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 15:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Faber Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $216.00
Movements may be purchased separately.


1. Shelter Island – 4:50
2. The Catskills – 5:55
3. New York – 4:45


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Jaw Bone
  • Maracas
  • Mark Tree
  • Police Whistle
  • Siren
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


In parts:

  • Horn I, mvt III, m.81: 1st note should be written C, not B-flat.

Program Notes

East Coast Pictures was commissioned by the British Youth Wind Orchestra. These three short 'pictures' were inspired by several visits to a small part of the American East Coast, an area that provides great extremes in the geography and the people.

Movement 1: Shelter Island is a small island situated near the end of Long Island, a few hours drive east of New York. In the summer it becomes a crowded tourist trap; but in the winter it is gloriously deserted and bravely faces the onslaught of the turbulent Atlantic, shrouded in sea mists and driving rain. This 'picture' is a fond memory of a winter weekend on Shelter Island.

Movement 2: In upstate New York lie the Catskills Mountains -- an extraordinary combination of tranquility and power, peace and majesty. Once seen, they call you back again and again.

Movement 3: New York -- or to be more precise, Manhattan. For anyone who is familiar with this bizarre and wonderful city, here is a 'picture' that needs no explanation. For those not yet hooked this is a foretaste of things to come!

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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