Heartland: The runaway summer, 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.
Scoring: 3d1, 2+1, 2, 2 - 4, 3, 3, 1, 2 perc., str.
(See also: Heartland: September Towns)