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Nighthawk in Flight

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Gregory W. Yasinitsky

Gregory W. Yasinitsky

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Subtitle: For Jazz Quartet and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 7:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Audible Intelligence Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Wind Ensemble

(instrumental detail desired)

Jazz Quartet, including:

  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • String Bass
  • Drums


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Nighthawk in Flight was written in January of 2012 especially for the Washington State University Wind Ensemble with the jazz faculty quartet Nighthawk as soloists.

The work integrates ideas from the jazz and classical musical worlds including Afro-Cuban rhythmic elements, improvisation, swig, jazz harmonic structures, wind ensemble instrumentation and classical orchestration. The melody is first presented by the tenor and baritone saxophone soloists surrounded by Afro-Cuban inspired percussion. The saxophonists are joined by members of the wind ensemble and eventually also by the jazz bass and drum set soloists. After the melody is presented, the material is developed further and improvised solos are heard form all members of Nighthawk with a variety of accompaniments including up-tempo swing passages and Afro-Cuban grooves. After the drum set solo, the music calms a bit for the return of the opening melodic material, followed by an exciting build to a dramatic finish.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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