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Broughton, Bruce (1945-)
Hudson River Valley

Movements:
Route 9
Hyde Park
Washington Irving

Performances:


Nov 16, 2008



Michael Henoch, Oboe
Anne Bach, Oboe
Larry Combs, Clarinet
Julie DeRoche, Clarinet
Dennis Michel, Bassoon
Lewis Kirk, Bassoon
Gail Williams, Horn
Gabrielle Webster, Horn


Nov 17, 2008



Anne Bach, Oboe
Larry Combs, Clarinet
Julie DeRoche, Clarinet
Dennis Michel, Bassoon
Lewis Kirk, Bassoon
Gail Williams, Horn
Michael Henoch, Oboe
Gabrielle Webster, Horn

BROUGHTON-Hudson River Valley

Composed in 2005

Premiered on February 27, 2005 by members of the San Francisco Symphony

BACKGROUND
Bruce Broughton, one of America’s most versatile composers, was born in Los Angeles and educated at the University of Southern California, where his chief mentor was the Oscar-nominated composer David Raksin. Broughton broke into the business with music for episodes of several popular television series in the 1970s — Barnaby Jones, Gunsmoke, Logan’s Run, Hawaii Five-O — and scored his first feature film Silverado in 1985, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He has since composed the scores for well over a hundred television shows and movies, including Young Sherlock Holmes – for which he received a Grammy nomination. He has also provided the music for many attractions at the Disney theme parks, scored the Disney animated features The Rescuers Down Under and Bambi II, and conducted and supervised the recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for Fantasia 2000. Broughton has received 23 Emmy nominations and won that award ten times, most recently for HBO’s Warm Springs. His music for Heart of Darkness was the first orchestral score composed for a video game.

Bruce Broughton is also an accomplished classical composer, having written concert and theatrical works for the Sunflower Music Festival, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Magic Circle Mime Company, United States Air Force Band, Bay Brass (San Francisco), Debussy Trio, and the Chicago, Seattle and National symphonies, as well as concertos for piccolo and tuba, solo compositions for winds and numerous chamber works. Broughton is a board member of ASCAP, a past governor on the boards of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and former president of the Society of Composers and Lyricists. He has taught in the Advanced Film Music Studies program at USC and is a frequent lecturer at UCLA.

MUSIC
The composer writes, “Hudson River Valley was written as a response to a first time visit to the area by a composer who was definitely not from the East Coast.

“The Hudson River Valley, in spite of the bustling towns, villages, prisons and military academies that inhabit it, still has a definite, if sometimes barely perceptible, ‘feeling.’ The long pensive statement by the clarinet, which begins the piece, and which appears in all three movements at one point or another, represents this mood.

“The first movement conveys the busy cacophony of Route 9, the major road/street that runs south to north through the Valley. Route 9 basically follows the river, rambling through many of the villages and townships that line the shore.

“The second movement, Hyde Park, attempts to portray the Roosevelt family home, and for this portrayal it seemed fitting to dip into a harmonic and melodic Americana style that has been associated with the straightforward and more innocent values of an earlier age, an age that came to an end with the FDR presidency. The musical ideas which bookend the movement were a response to seeing the graves of the famous couple in the Rose Garden; but the middle section reflects upon the estate as the private home where Eleanor and Franklin raised their children.

“The last movement, Washington Irving, refers to the early-19th-century author who made his home in Tarrytown and whose best-known works are The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, both of which take place in Hudson River Valley.”

Program notes by Dr. Richard E. Rodda

Performance dates: November 16 & 17, 2008

CCM is honored to perform the Midwest premiere of Hudson River Valley.



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