Legend of Sleepy Hollow


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New! – reduced chamber orchestra version (15′), commissioned by Cincinnati Pops and Buffalo Philharmonic. 1111 – 2111 – t+1 – hp – str – narrator

For chamber orchestra. (21′)
2222 – 2210 – t+1 – hp – str – narrator

For full orchestra. (21′)
2222 – 4331 – t+3 – hp – str – narrator
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For concert band. (13′)
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1996)

Originally written for orchestra and narrator
Adapted for chamber orchestra in 2004
Adapted for concert band in 2015

Commissioned and premiered by the Naples Philharmonic
Chamber Orchestra reduction commissioned in 2004 by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Isaiah Jackson, Music Director
Concert band version commissioned by James Wayne and the 
Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble


Program notes:
A tone poem depicting the harrowing tale of Ichabod Crane and his arch-enemy, Brom Bones, aka the “Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow”. The music is lavishly scored, set appropriately in the Hudson Valley. It vividly recounts the episodes of the tall, lanky Ichabod, as the schoolmaster who unsuccessfully courts love-interest Katrina van Tassell and subsequently encounters the ghostly companion on his ride homeward through the woods.
Folksongs and church hymns, endemic to the region, are used and manipulated to support a most common theme of love and competition, wonderfully depicted by Washington Irving in this popular story.


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