"Valley Views and Bridges" Suite for Saxophone Orchestra by Bob Shaut
Included are the 4 movements written for Saxophone Orchestra designed to be performed as a complete suite, single movements, or as part of the 40 minute work
A multi movement piece for saxophone orchestra, jazz sax quartet and chamber ensemble.
Valley Views and Bridges: for Saxophone Orchestra
- Valley Views and Bridges
Notes by Robert Shaut
The Hudson River Valley is a magnificent place to see, to visit, and to live
an entire lifetime. The musical ideas were inspired by the river’s size and power,
the mountains rising from its coast line, its wealthy mansions (including one of a
former president), and the many unique bridges connecting east with west.
I. “What Henry Saw....” - As Henry Hudson sailed into what we now call New York
Harbor in search of the Northwest passage, the river and the valley must have
been a sensational sight.
II. “Zap! View with a Twist” - The Tappan Zee bridge just north of New York City
is a unique bridge, in that it is so close to the water, very long, and twists from the
west side into the east side. The music describes the twisting of the always busy
III. “View That Changed Us” - On a sunny September day in 2001, the Hudson
River was the guide used by the hijackers to reach the Twin Towers. The soprano
saxophones are randomly playing the 9th and the 11th above the recurring bass
pattern. Today the soprano parts will be played by the composer, Robert Shaut
and Ryan Mantell.
IV. “View from East to West” - The George Clinton (Kingston-Rhinecliff) Bridge
is an open and high standing bridge that allows the drivers and passengers an
uninterrupted view of where they are going. Looking east to west, one views the
Catskill Mountains rolling for hundreds of miles.
The idea of bridging genres of music is also a part of the Valley Views
and Bridges concept. Robert Shaut is presently composing movements for a jazz
saxophone quartet with bass and drums.