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Escapades

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John Williams

John Williams (trans. Stephen Bulla)


Subtitle: From the Dreamworks Film Catch Me If You Can: For Alto Saxophone and Concert Band


General Info

Year: 2002 / 2012
Duration: c. 14:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $295.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Movements

1. Closing In - 2:45
2. Reflections - 5:40
3. Joy Ride - 5:00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
B-flat Solo Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bell Tree
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone

Players snapping fingers, vocalizing


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Steven Spielberg's 2002 film Catch Me if You Can was set in the 1960s, and John Williams created a marvelous film score evoking the style of the progressive jazz movement popular during that time. Soloists on alto saxophone, vibraphone and string bass are featured in this suite of three contrasting movements.

- Program Note from publisher


The premiere performance of Escapades for concert band was conducted by John Williams as part of the 205th anniversary concert of the United States Marine Band, July 12, 2003, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The 2002 film Catch Me if You Can constituted a delightful departure for director Steven Spielberg. It tells the story Frank Abagnale, the teen-aged imposer, who baffled FBI agents with his incredible exploits. The film is set in the now nostalgically tinged 1960s, and so it seemed to me that I might evoke the atmosphere of that time by writing a sort of impressionistic memoir of the progressive jazz movement that was then so popular. The alto saxophone seemed the ideal vehicle for this expression and the three movements of this suite are the result.

In Closing In, we have music that relates to the often humorous sleuthing which took place in the story, followed by Reflections, which refers to the fragile relationships in Abagnale’s broken family. Finally, in Joy Ride we have the music that accompanied Frank’s wild flights of fantasy that took him all around the world before the law finally reigned him in.

- Program Note from Central Washington University Wind Ensemble concert program, 1 December 2021


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (Michael Hudson, conductor; Miles Osland, alto saxophone) - 14 February 2022
  • Central Washington University (Ellensburg) Wind Ensemble (T. André Feagin, conductor; Kendra Wheeler, alto saxophone) - 1 December 2021
  • McClellan College (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Jon Conrad, conductor; Tim Grace, alto saxophone) - 27 April 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Wind Orchestra (Richard Clary, conductor; Geoffrey Deibel, alto saxophone) – 24 April 2019
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Stephen Page, also saxophone) – 27 March 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 15 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Evansville (Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Steinsultz, conductor; Shawn Teichmer, also saxophone) – 26 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 North Central Division Conference, Ames, Iowa)
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Stephen Page, also saxophone) – 14 February 2018
  • University of Evansville Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Steinsultz, conductor) – 26 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 North Central Conference, Ames, Iowa)
  • Banda Sinfonica de aa Municipalidad de Cordoba (Argentina) (David Antezana, conductor; Antonino Mollica, alto saxophone – 9 September 2015
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (John Williams, conductor) - 12 July 2003 - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts *Premiere Performance*


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Resources

  • Catch Me If You Can, Wikipedia Accessed 12 January 2018
  • Williams, J.; Bulla, S. (2013). Escapades : From the Dreamworks Film Catch Me If You Can : For Alto Saxophone and Concert Band [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.