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    • Order numbers: AM 138-010
      Hal Leonard #4003915
    • Instrumentation: wind orchestra
    • Duration: 10'
    • Grade: 3
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Downtown Divertimento

Johan de Meij
With Alice at the Madison Square Garden dog run.

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The inspiration for Downtown Divertimento comes from my daily wanderings in Chelsea, in lower Manhattan. The day begins with a leisurely walk to Madison Square Park with our dog Alice. We visit the dog run where she meets up with other city canines. On the way back we have a moment of reflection looking at the nearby Flatiron Building, the striking triangular city landmark. I go for a run later in the day. My jogging shoes naturally head for The Highline, an abandoned railway viaduct that was transformed into a lushly landscaped National Park. I absorb the spectacular views of the Hudson River and the majestic New York skyline as if seeing them for the first time.

The movements are:
1) Dog Play (at Madison Square Park)
2) Flatiron Reverie
3) Hitting the High Line

Downtown Divertimento was commissioned by the Rocky Mountain Commissioning Project, including the following Colorado Institutions:
Craig Melhorn, Arvada West High School
Mark Dorn, Colorado Christian University
Calvin Hofer, Colorado Mesa University
Butch Eversole, Kevin Whitelaw, Mike Mozingo, Colorado School District 38
Alan W. Mills, Colorado State University-Pueblo
David Williams, Doherty High School
Ryan Crabtree, Fruita Monument High School
Isaac Lavadie, Grand Junction High School
Doug Farr, Greeley Central High School
David Kish, Metropolitan State University
Greg Haan, Prairie View High School
Christina Schwartz-Soper, The Classical Academy

Consortium organized by Alan W. Mills, Colorado State University-Pueblo

World Premier performance took place on February 8, 2014 in Hoag Concert Hall on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo, in conjunction with the 6th Annual CSU-Pueblo Festival of Winds, Alan W. Mills conductor.