Redline Tango (orchestra)
Orchestra/9'/Difficulty - Hard/2004
also available for wind ensemble
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Full Score (11x17 paper)
First Performance (parts)
performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Andrew Litton
“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 21-22, 2003
conducted by Kristjan Jarvi
The Brooklyn Philharmonic
Robert Spano, music director