Rivers of Bowery, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: OK Feel Good Music
Cost: Parts (Rental) - $225.00   |   Score Only (Purchase) - $24.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Trombone III (bass)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel (2)
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Tuned Button Gongs (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Rivers of Bowery is an overture with a triumphant vision of the City as complex machine, capable of incubating the lowest in human nature as well as harnessing the best of Man's intentions. The title comes directly from Allen Ginsberg's glorious chronicle of Beat counterculture, Howl. Written in 1956, in a tenement about two blocks from where I live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Howl celebrates the Beat counterculture by breathlessly rejoicing in the underdog grit of Ginsberg's beloved Bohemia. The image is extracted from the line:

...who ate the lamb stew of the imagination or digested the crab at the muddy bottom of the rivers of Bowery.

Ginsberg's river is a rush of people, and not the usual sunny city dwellers of an E.B. White essay or an O'Henry story, but his specific anti-community of the lost, the drugged, and the outcast. Ginsberg presents his city as possessing a triumphant spirit, neighbors piled on top of each other, never letting each other down despite being torn apart by society and by themselves.

- Program Notes by Jonathan Newman


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Eric Allen, conductor) – 1 May 2018
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) - 7 March 2008
  • St. Charles East HS Wind Ensemble; IMEA State Convention - 2 February 2008
  • Michigan State University Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor) - 4 December 2007
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (William Berz, conductor) – 24 February 2005 (CBDNA 2005 National Conference, New York, N.Y.) *Premiere Performance*

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