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Avenue X

From Wind Repertory Project
Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman


General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: OK Feel Good Music
Cost: Parts (Rental) - $275.00   |   Score Only (Purchase) - $34.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (opt.)
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Trombone III (bass)
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Cymbals (crash, ride, splash, and suspended)
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Siren
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblocks (low and high)
  • Xylophone


Errata

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 Jonathan Newman


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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • 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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