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Billy Childs

Billy Childs


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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 20:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Billy Childs
Cost: Score and Parts – Contact Dan Coleman


Movements

1. Pacific Ocean – 3:35
2. The Mountains – 5:40
3. The Plains – 4:50
4. Cities – 4:35


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Commissioned by Christopher Chapman and the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, Vistas is a culmination of musical styles from modern jazz to chamber winds, utilizing current compositional techniques. Each section of this five-movement work describes a geographic area of America. Traveling from West to East, the suite describes the Pacific Ocean, the large mountainous regions, the plains of the Midwest, the large cities of the eastern coastal areas and the Atlantic Ocean.

Arranged in a soloistic style and centered primarily on the piano, each instrument is carefully interwoven throughout the work, creating a chamber ensemble blend. To suggest that this work is a third stream piece would be an exaggeration, but elements of modern jazz harmonies are contained within.

- Program Note by Christopher Chapman for liner notes of Mark CD Currents


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble (Chris Chapman, conductor) - 2012 *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Billy Childs website Accessed 7 January 2021
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 290.