Avenue X

From Wind Repertory Project
Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: OK Feel Good Music
Cost: Parts (Rental) - $275.00   |   Score Only (Purchase) - $34.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
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
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Siren
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblocks (low and high)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Avenue X derives its title from my neighborhood subway line, and its labeled final destination: "Ave X". As I reside on Avenue C (and the highest letter in Manhattan itself is D), this always seemed a fantastic and otherworldly location to me. Turns out it's in a pretty trippy place anyway: Brooklyn's Coney Island -- home of an ancient and creaking wooden roller coaster (frightening only because of the fear of the entire structure collapsing at any moment), the country's last existing "side show", and of course (my favorite), the Nathan's Famous annual hot-dog eating contest. The piece is a journey there of sorts ... via a pentatonic blues progression and driving bass power chords more appropriate to a metal "hair" rock band chart-topper. Avenue X takes a convoluted path of dreams, subways, roller coasters, freak shows, and edge-of-the-world fantasies.

- Program Notes by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Jerianne Larson, conductor) – 8 November 2022
  • Texas State University (San Marcos) Symphonic Winds (Chase Failing, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Brian Silvey, conductor) – 27 April 2018
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Benjamin Lorenzo, conductor) – 3 October 2017
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 1 March 2017
  • California State University, Northridge, Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) – 20 October 2016
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds (Gary Hill, conductor)- 1 April 2008
  • Texas State Symphonic Winds (Caroline Beatty, conductor) - 26 March 2008
  • Michigan Youth Band - 10 March 2008

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