Heartland: September towns, op. 73
Commissioned by the Lexington Philharmonic for the inaugural concert of the orchestra’s 40th and conductor George Zack’s 25th Season, September Towns is the second tone poem in the unfinished Heartland series. Premiered at the Singletary Center September 13, 1996, it is more autumnal and nostalgic than the first Heartland, subtitled The Runaway Summer. September Towns' unusual form grows out of its metaphor: a series of four or five musically-described cities and towns, revisited in later life. Like its earlier namesake, this overture is 10 minutes in length. It is the composer’s favorite of his short orchestral works. Although written for professional musicians, it would be playable by a good student orchestra.
Scoring: 3, 2d1, 2, 2 - 4, 2, 3, 0, str.