JET SET (2024)
For Solo Alto Saxophone & Wind Ensemble
Duration Approximately XX:XX
FULL SCORE / 2 1 1 3 (+Bass) Alto (2), Tenor, Bari / 4 3 3 1 1 / Timp Perc (5) / Soloist
For Jeff Heisler, Saxophone, & the Oakland University Wind Symphony,
Greg Cunningham, Director
1. London - New York
2. Paris - Rome
3. St. Tropez - Rio De Janiero
4. Las Vegas - Los Angeles
5. Honalulu - Taipei
In the 1960s, new wealth and a hunger for freedom and exploration sparked another Golden Age of travel. At the same time as people were itching to get away and see new things, they were looking for something glamorous and fun. Slowly at first and then all at once, the destinations that had been a luxury of the wealthy became the playground of more middle class pleasure seekers. Air travel became less exclusive, and plane travel became a fashion show in the sky. Closer to home, domestic vacationers took over the pools and patios of Palm Springs, Fort Lauderdale, and Hawaii’s Big Island.
Overnight, the once sleepy coastal coves of Europe like St. Tropez and Positano transformed into fashionable party towns. The French Riviera, Amalfi Coast, Lake Como, and the Côte d’Azur epitomized the laissez-faire lifestyle and la dolce vita glamour, a new wave of journeyers sought out abroad. When the world opened up a bit in the 60’s due to a changing attitude and more disposable wealth, these were the places that appealed and became classics. Similarly, the moment Covid restrictions were lifted in many countries in the 2020’s, many of those first destinations so alluring to discover were the places people found themselves wanting to go back to.
JET SET invites us to be carried away musically, temporally, and of course, first class.