Heartland: September towns, op. 63
The first of two works called Heartland, The Runaway Summer describes a cross-country journey. The peripatetic quality, along with its embrace of classic popular American musical idioms, makes this 10-minute overture a sort of hybrid of The Moldau and An American in Paris: a Tommy Dorsey trombone inserts itself over a quietly running stream; a circus breaks into a small-town reverie. Though this piece makes musical demands of an orchestra, they are not overwhelming.
(See also: Heartland: September Towns)