Bridge to Manhattan


Wind Ensemble  ●  2019  ●  Grade: 4  ●  Length: 5′


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Program Note

Bridge to Manhattan was inspired by a trip I took across the George Washington Bridge in December 2018. This same bridge is the subject of William Schuman’s George Washington Bridge, a piece for concert band he composed in 1950. Crossing the George Washington Bridge is perhaps among the most chaotic driving experiences a person can have, as many lanes of traffic coming from multiple directions converge into a few lanes so countless people can cross from New Jersey into New York City. Constructed between 1927-1931, the bridge is the busiest motor vehicle bridge in the world. In Schuman’s time, though certainly busy, the bridge was different: it saw less traffic, and a lower deck for additional lanes was added in the 1960s. After crossing the bridge, I chose to write a piece about my experience with the George Washington Bridge: the slow merging of traffic from each direction, inching forward through a sea of cars, struggling to change lanes, all while entering one of the largest cities in the world.



Flute 1, 2
Clarinet in B♭ 1, 2, 3
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1, 2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet in B♭ 1, 2, 3
Horn in F 1, 2
Trombone 1, 2
Baritone T. C.
Percussion 1 (triangle, tom-toms, snare drum, claves)
Percussion 2 (xylophone, glockenspiel, bass drum, suspended cymbal)


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