In upstate New York lie the Catskills Mountains - an extraordinary combination of tranquillity and power, peace and majesty. Once seen, they call you back again and again.This piece forms the second movement of ´East Coast Pictures´, commissioned by the British Youth Wind Orchestra with funds from the National Westminster Bank plc. It is a suite of three short ‘pictures’ that were inspired by several visits to a small part of the American East Coast, an area that provides great extremes in the geography and the people.
Shelter Island´ is a small island situated near the end of Long Island, a few hours drive east of New York. In the summer it becomes a crowded tourist trap but in the winter it is gloriously deserted, and bravely faces the onslaught of the turbulent Atlantic, shrouded in sea mists and driving rain. This brass band transcription, by Phillip Littlemore, is of the first movement of East Coast Pictures, originally written for wind band, and was commissioned in 1985 by the British Youth Wind Orchestra with funds from National Westminster Bank plc. These three short ´pictures´ were inspired by several visits by the composer to a small part of the USA´s East Coast, an area that provides great extremes in the geography and the people. This work has recently been recorded on the CD ´East Coast Pictures´ by the Leyland Band, conducted by Michael Fowles, and is available from this site (catalogue number: 0-571-52109-6).