Tallahatchie Concerto

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Duration 19:00

Tallahatchie Concerto was commissioned in 2001 by the Dutch broadcasting company NCRV and dedicated to Arno Bornkamp, who performed it with different orchestras. The world premiere and radio broadcast was March 3 2002, at Vredenburg Utrecht, with the Radio Kamerorkest conducted by Thierry Fischer.

1. slow movement 8:02
2. fast movement 10:29

Tallahatchie Concerto was composed right after finishing oratorio Paradiso, JacobTV’s magnum opus. Pink shadows of orange clouds hang over the slow movement, a stretched out crescendo-accelerando, in which the saxophone gradually descends from celestial atmospheres to terrestrial ones. ‘Tallahatchie’ is a Native American word, meaning ‘river of rocks’, a metaphor for the concerto: The river representing time and the rocks representing happenings. Apart from Arno Bornkamp, Branford Marsalis, Ties Mellema, Femke IJlstra, Rob Buckland and others performed the concerto. Mark Rogers made an arrangement for wind band. Branford performed that version with the US Navy Band in 2012.
Ties Mellema performed the concerto with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra ( video below)

Both orchestral versions of  Tallatchie Concerto were published by DONEMUS and PEER Classical, also the wind band version.
JacobTV arranged the piano reduction in 2009.

NEW: Study Audio: Electronic simulation audio backing tracks in A440 and A442 in different tempi with click and/or mock sax for study or live, built from professional sample library by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, done by Michael Couper. Incuding sax part and orchestral score.

Further more, there are 2 chamber ensemble versions of Tallahatchie Concerto:
version A  for string quartet, double bass and piano (arr.Mary Osborn)
version B for sax quintet and piano.(arr.Mary Osborn)

Arno Bornkamp with the Gelders Orkest, conducted by Jurjen Hempel ( from the album JacobTV – Rainbow, Basta 3091732):

piano reduction:

version A with strings & piano:

Ties Mellema with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra: