Tallahatchie Concerto

From Wind Repertory Project
Jacob ter Veldhuis

Jacob ter Veldhuis (scored Rogers)

Subtitle: Version for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra, 2001 : Scored for Wind Orchestra in 2009

General Info

Year: 2001 / 2009
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Donemus
Cost: Score and Parts - €177.24 (rental)   |   Score Only - €95.30


1. Slow – 7:37
2. Fast – 10:38


Full Score
Solo Alto Saxophone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Tallahatchie Concerto is the first piece that I wrote after the oratorio Paradiso, my 'magnus opus' so far. This is the reason why 'pink shadows of heavenly orange clouds' hang over the opening adagietto of the piece. The Tallahatchie Concerto is in fact a stretched out crescendo/accelerando, in which the saxophone gradually leads us from celestial atmospheres into terrestrial ones.

I regard this concerto as an abstract piece of music, which is quite exceptional in my work, because I love to connect an anecdote to each composition. All I can say about the piece is that the word "tallahatchie" occurred to me spontaneously. It appeared to be a native-American word, meaning 'river of rocks', which is in my opinion an apt metaphor for this concerto. I also think that there is some similarity with pieces such as Les Soupirs de Rameau, the Goldrush Concerto'or my third string quartet There must be some way out of here. All these works are 'dreamed expeditions', composed voyages of discovery for moments of beauty, bliss and ecstasy.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Veldhuis, J; Rogers, R. (2009). Tallahatchie Concerto : Version for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra, 2001 : Scored for Wind Orchestra in 2009 [score]. Muziek Centrum Nederland: Amsterdam.