Between The Bridges at Sunset
About this work:
"Between the Bridges at Sunset" is the sixth movement of "Suite Poughkeepsie," composed to mark that city's bicentennial in 1999. The movements are intended as evocations of characteristic local scenes, impressions of my own experiences growing up there, things which will be familiar to its present inhabitants.
As well as being visible from the waterfront, the trestles of the Railroad Bridge cross over several neighborhoods on the north side of town. The Mid-Hudson Bridge, (as I probably will always call it) remains a popular symbol of the city and is graceful both in its design and setting. There are few things comparable to walking across the span in the fall, heading towards Highland on the southern walkway with the foliage in front of you, and then back on the other side seeing the City of Poughkeepsie rise up out of the Hudson. The image from Waryas Park of the sun going down between the bridges will always be a source of poetry to those who view it. Performed here by SEATTLEMUSIC, Joel Eric Suben, conductor.
Year composed: 1998
Ensemble type: Orchestra:Standard Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2 Flute, 2 Oboe, 2 Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 4 Horn in F, 2 Trumpet, 2 Trombone, 1 Bass Trombone, 1 Tuba, 1 Timpani, 2 Percussion (General), 1 Celesta, 22 Violin, 8 Viola, 8 Cello, 6 Double bass, 1 Harp
Instrumentation notes: Percussion: Glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone, small suspended cymbals