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 movemen 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)
Mary Osborn arranged Tallahatchie Concerto twice:
version A for string quartet, double bass and piano
version B for sax quintet and piano.
version C for sax quintet, brass quintet, percussion duo and timpani is to be released in 2021.
Arno Bornkamp with the Gelders Orkest, conducted by Jurjen Hempel ( from the album JacobTV – Rainbow, Basta 3091732):
version A with strings & piano:
Ties Mellema with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra: