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Lost Vegas

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty


General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: 14:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Michael Daugherty Music
Cost: Score & Parts - Rental.


Movements

1. Viva - 6:04
2. Mirage - 4:14
3. Fever - 5:55


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flutes I-II-III-IV
Oboes I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb or C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum (large)
  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Congas
  • Cowbell (latin, small, medium, and large)
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (medium)
  • Marimba (4.5 octaves)
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (4, very large, large, medium, small)
  • Triangle (medium and large)
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraslap
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip (large)
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Lost Vegas (2011) was commissioned by the University of Michigan Symphony Band, Michael Haithcock, conductor, and the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Gary Green, conductor. Lost Vegas is my musical homage to bygone days in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. I recall the enormous neon signs punctuating the “Strip,” promoting casinos and hotels ruled by the underworld, and the massive marquees trumpeting performances by pop music legends such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis. Performed without pause, Lost Vegas is divided into three movements.

The first movement, Viva, is inspired by the seminal book Learning from Las Vegas (1968–72), by modernist architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, who likened the symbolism of the Vegas “Strip” to the Piazza Navona in Rome. The music in Viva unfolds as catchy musical riffs are layered and phased in various polytonal guises and orchestrations.

Mirage, the second movement, was inspired by my recent drive through the forbidding desert of Death Valley. Located 88 miles west of Las Vegas, Death Valley is one of the lowest, driest, and hottest locations in North America. A serpentine oboe solo, later doubled by trumpets with Harmon mutes, is surrounded by steamy brass chords and twisting counter-melodies played by winds and percussion keyboards. Accompanied by an ominous bass drum, the music in Mirage appears and disappears, like an optical illusion one might encounter in the scorching desert, or driving from the pitch-black darkness of Death Valley in the dead of night toward the bright lights of Las Vegas.

The final movement, Fever, is a swinging tribute to an earlier epoch, when legendary entertainers such as Elvis, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Stan Kenton, and Frank Sinatra’s "Rat Pack” performed in intimate and swanky showrooms of the Sands, Tropicana, and Flamingo hotels.

Torn down long ago, the original neon signs, casinos and hotels of the Vegas “Strip” have been replaced by impersonal, corporate glass towers. The cozy nightclubs, where the “Rat Pack” once performed edgy material, have been replaced by large arenas, where commercialized family entertainment is now presented. My composition for symphony band is a trip down memory lane to an adventurous and vibrant Vegas that once was and returns, if only for a moment, in Lost Vegas.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Recordings


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 27 September 2019
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 28 September 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Eric Allen, conductor) – 1 May 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 7 February 2018
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (James Spinazzola, conductor) – 17 November 2017
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Benjamin Lorenzo, conductor) – 3 October 2017
  • CBDNA Small Band Programs Intercollegiate Band (Gary Green, conductor) – 18 March 2017 (CBDNA 2017 National Conference, Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Texas 5A Symphonic Band (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) - 11 February 2017 (2017 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Charles Menghini, conductor) - 16 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 15 November 2016
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Wesley Broadnax, conductor) – 19 October 2016
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 9 March 2016
  • West Chester (Penn.) University Wind Symphony (M. Gregory Martin, conductor) – 21 February 2016
  • Canton Schwyz Youth Wind Symphony, Küssnacht/Siebnen, Switzerland (Urs Bamert, conductor) - 10 August 2014 - Swiss premiere (www.skjbo.ch)
  • California State University, Fresno, Wind Orchestra (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) - 2 April 2014
  • New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matt Temple, conductor) - 20 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)
  • Frost Wind Ensemble (Gary Green, conductor) at the CBDNA conference in Seattle - 26 March 2011
  • University of Michigan Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) - 4 February 2011   *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by this Composer



Resources

  • Daugherty, M. (2001). Lost Vegas: For Symphonic Band [score]. Michael Daugherty Music: [U.S.]
  • Michael Daugherty website.
  • Schwartz, Robert M. "Lost Vegas." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 715-725. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.