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American Concerto, An

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Patrick Williams

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General Info

Year: 1977 /
Duration: c. 34:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown

Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. 11:50
2. 10:45
3. 10:30


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Program Notes

An American Concerto, composed in 1976, was one of the first successful attempts to combine jazz elements with traditional symphonic writing.

"[Williams's] An American Concerto is, in my opinion, the best mixture of jazz and classical that anybody has ever done," says respected music critic Gene Lees. "Pat's writing is breathtaking. He's just one of the finest arrangers and composers who ever put pen to paper." Daniel Cariaga wrote in the Los Angeles Times: "An American Concerto must be one of the most attractive, affecting and original of jazz-symphonic meldings. The style is unrestrained, the tunes ingratiating, the writing expert. What Williams owes to the fair influences of Debussy, Bartok, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff seems no more and no less than other living composers may owe in those directions. What sets him a cut above others is the individual integration he has achieved out of those influences."

- Program Note from Wikipedia

This arrangement features a jazz quartet (sax, bass, piano, percussion) accompanied by wind ensemble.

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  • Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) Winds (Patrick Williams, conductor) – 20 November 2015

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