Summer, Uptown for alto saxophone & orchestra

Composers have often incorporated elements of popular music into their concert music. Summer, Uptown looks to the diversity of jazz for its language, approach and character.  The work is in a ternary form, defined by both tempi and style.  The “A” sections are relaxed with swung eighth-notes while the “B” section is more turbulent, with an underlying Latin feel to it.  There is no direct quotation of any existing popular material in this piece.  Rather, it is only the general nature of these styles of music which is invoked.

Summer, Uptown exists in four versions: alto saxophone and piano; clarinet, cello, and piano (2021); alto saxophone, cello, and piano; and alto saxophone and orchestra. All the versions with alto sax were begun in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in May, 1996, and then completed in New York City that same July.  This composition was commissioned by the Iowa Composers Forum as the winning proposal for the 1996 Francis Johnson Pyle Award.  The version for alto saxophone and orchestra was premiered on October 5, 1996,  in Dubuque, Iowa, as a part of the Iowa Composers Forum Ninth Annual Festival.  The saxophone soloist for this performance was Adam Saunders, with Brian Hughes conducting the Dubuque Youth Symphony.

This composition may be purchased below or is available on a rental basis from:

The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music
The Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1116
tel (215) 686-5313

2222/2221/timp+3/alto sax solo/stgs
Date completed:
ca. 7:00
Fleisher Collection (rental agent) [search catalog for "Jeremy Beck"]

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