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John Harbison

Publisher: AMP

Three City Blocks (1993)
Publisher
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Category
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Sub Category
Concert Band
Year Composed
1993
Duration
15 Minutes


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Programme Note
John Harbison Three City Blocks (1993)
Three City Blocks was composed among the palm trees and cypresses of the Italian Riviera in the fall of 1991. Why then was the composer pursued by these images of urban America? Was it premonition, apprehension, admonition, or a simple acknowledgment that the rural myth he had embraced has been swallowed whole by the city?

Each Block starts bravely and buoyantly only to end somewhere else. Is the end of the first one sinister, or does it bring liberating Dyonysian impulses? Does the second dissolve into darkness or healing rain? Is the Amen that ends the finale rage or hope? I don't know the answers to these any more after the composing than during the composing. The piece is not a political or journalistic statement. It is a sensor and reflector. It senses and reflects many things both beautiful and non-beautiful and seeks to locate them on the map.


The piece was jointly commissioned by the wind ensembles of the New England Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati, Florida State University, the U.S. Air Force, Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California.


  • Ensemble
    New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
    Conductor
    Frank Battisti
  • Ensemble
    Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony
    Conductor
    Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Performances
Date
Title
  • 12 JAN 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    Studierende der Hochschule Karlsruhe
    Will Sanders, conductor
  • 03 APR 2013
    Ithaca, NY
    Ithaca College
    Kevin Peters, conductor
  • 22 FEB 2013
    Milwaukee, WI
    University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
    John Climer, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 March - Milwaukee, WI
  • 10 FEB 2013
    Austin, TX
    University of Texas at Austin
    Scott Hanna, conductor
  • 08 NOV 2012
    Gainesville, FL
    University of Florida Bands
    David Waybright, conductor
  • 28 SEP 2012
    Ann Arbor, MI
    University of Michigan School of Music
    Michael Haithcock, conductor
  • 28 SEP 2012
    Ann Arbor, MI
    University of Michigan School of Music
    Michael Haithcock, conductor
  • 12 DEC 2010
    Montclair, NJ
    Montclair University
    Benjamin Locke, conductor
  • 12 DEC 2010
    Montclair, NJ
    Montclair University
    Thomas McCauley, conductor
  • 29 OCT 2010
    Montclair, NJ
    Montclair University
    Benjamin Locke, conductor
  • 26 FEB 2010
    Evanston, IL
    Northwestern University
    Mallory Thompson, conductor
  • 17 FEB 2010
    Rochester, NY
    Eastman School Wind Ensemble
    Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor
  • 04 DEC 2009
    Madison, WI
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    Scott Teeple, conductor
  • 01 MAY 2009
    MIT Tribute to John Harbison
    Cambridge, MA
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Fred Harris, conductor
  • 01 MAY 2009
    Cambridge, MA
    MIT Wind Ensemble
    Fred Harris, conductor
  • 20 FEB 2009
    College Park, MD
    University of Maryland Wind Orchestra
    Michael Votta, conductor
  • 30 JAN 2009
    Springfield, MO
    Drury University
    Christopher Koch, conductor
  • 16 OCT 2008
    Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
    Guildhall School of Music and Drama Wind Ensemble
  • 16 OCT 2008
    Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Barbican, London
    Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    Peter Gane, conductor
  • 01 DEC 2006
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Middle Tennessee State University Bands
    Reed Thomas, conductor
  • 15 NOV 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Syracuse University
    John Laverty, conductor

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