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American in Paris, An (arr Tamanini)

From Wind Repertory Project
George Gershwin

George Gershwin (trans. Marco Tamanini)


General Info

Year: 1929 / 2015
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €196.00   |   Score Only (print) - €33.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Taxi Horns
  • Tom-Tom
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone

Cello


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Gershwin was best known as a writer of music for the entertainment market, but he did make several excursions into the realm of art music. One of these was the result of a brief visit to Paris in 1926 (from which he returned with a French taxicab horn and the sketch of a melody) and a longer stay in 1928. He made use of both the horn and the melody while writing this piece during his second visit. He called the work a "rhapsodic ballet." His description follows:

I have not endeavored to present any definite scenes in this music. The rhapsody is programmatic in a general impressionistic sort of way, so that the individual listener can read into the music such episodes as his imagination pictures for him. The opening section is followed by a rich 'blues' with a strong rhythmic undercurrent. Our American friend, perhaps after strolling into a cafe, has suddenly succumbed to a spasm of homesickness. The blues rises to a climax followed by a coda in which the spirit of the music returns to the vivacity and bubbling exuberance of the opening part with its impressions of Paris.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Chad R. Nicholson, conductor) - 26 April 2018


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • An America in Paris, Wikipedia Accessed 29 July 2018
  • Gershwin, G.; Tamanini, M. (2015). An American in Paris [score]. Baton Music: Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 226.