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Bridge to Manhattan

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Elena Specht

Elena Specht

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Elena Specht
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00; (digital) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute 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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-tom
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bridge to Manhattan was inspired by a trip I took across the George Washington Bridge in December 2018. This same bridge is the subject of William Schuman’s George Washington Bridge, a piece for concert band he composed in 1950.

Crossing the George Washington Bridge is perhaps among the most chaotic driving experience a person can have, as many lanes of traffic coming from multiple directions converge into a few lanes so countless people can cross from New Jersey into New York City. Constructed between 1927-1931, the bridge is the busiest motor vehicle bridge in the world. In Schuman’s time, though certainly busy, the bridge was different: it saw less traffic, and a lower deck for additional lanes was added in the 1960s.

After crossing the bridge, I chose to write a piece about my experience with the George Washington Bridge: the slow merging of traffic from each direction, inching forward through a sea of cars, struggling to change lanes, all while entering one of the largest cities in the world.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Elena Specht website Accessed 8 April 2019
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 483.