Two-Lane Blacktop

From Wind Repertory Project
James M. David

James M David

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $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
B-flat Contrabass 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
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • China Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Hi-Hat
  • Jam Blocks
  • Slapstick
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle (2)
  • Vibra-slap
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Two-Lane Blacktop is an homage to the open road and the distant horizon. Inspired by Mary Heilmann’s abstract painting of the same name, this short work for wind ensemble is a similarly abstract etude about tempo, rhythm, and movement.

An opening ascending gesture is heard throughout that represents “gear shifts” that alternate with increasingly complex variations on a three-note motive. The contrasting center section employs a soaring saxophone melody that depicts the timeless feeling of driving through the Utah desert. Finally, the variations build to maximum complexity only to collapse into a single intense acceleration.

-Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) - 21 November 2022
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 9 March 2020
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Wind Ensemble (Frank Tracz, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Man., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Jacquie Dawson, conductor) - March 29, 2019
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • Lone Star (Dallas, Tx.) Wind Orchestra (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 27 January 2019
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Gary Gilroy, conductor) - 19 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Clovis, Calif.) (Christine Keenan, conductor) – 17 October 2018
  • San Jose (Calif.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Vickerman, conductor) - 10 May 2018
  • California All-State High School Symphonic Band (Edward C. Harris, conductor) - 18 February 2018 (2018 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas Enrico Williams, conductor) – 16 February 2016
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Brian Silvey, conductor) – 3 December 2015
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Thomas E. Caneva, conductor) - 30 October 2015
  • San Jose (Calif.) State University Wind Ensemble (Edward C. Harris, conductor) - 17 April 2015
  • California State University, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) - CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Convention (Reno, Nev.) - 13 March 2014

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