Redline Tango (band)

Wind Ensemble/9'/Difficulty - Hard/2004

also available for full orchestra

Winner of the 2005 ABA / Ostwald Award.
Winner of the 2004 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize.

This work is on the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List, classified as Grade 5.

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Redline Tango

performed by Michigan State University Wind Symphony
conducted by Kevin Sedatole

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“Redline Tango” takes its title from two sources. The first is the common term of “redlining an engine,” or, pushing it to the limit. In the case of this score, “redline” also refers to the “red line,” or the IRT subway line (2 & 3 trains) of the New York subway system, which is the train that goes between my apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and BAM, where this work was premiered.
The work is in three sections. The first section is the initial virtuosic “redlining” section, with constantly-driving 16th-notes and a gradual increase in intensity. After the peak comes the second section, the “tango,” which is rather light but demented, and even a bit sleazy. The material for the tango is derived directly from the first section of the work. A transition leads us back to an even “redder” version of the first section, with one final pop at the end.


February 26, 2004

Emory University Wind Ensemble
Scott Stewart, conductor

Commissioned by

Consortium led by Emory University and Lamar University

Additional funding from:
Arizona State University
Florida State University
Louisiana State University
Illinois State University
University of Kansas
Mercer University