Amusement park suite
for orchestra

Composition Date: 1986
Revision Date: 1986
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 3 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 2 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
Michael Horwood

Amusement Park Suite, 1986

Commissioned by: Oakville Symphony Orchestra, with the assistance of the McLean Foundation

“… as good as being there.” Shelley Lawson, London Free Press, May 18, 1989

“This 15 minute orchestral suite portrays the fun, joy, and festivities of a day in an amusement park. Each movement represents in orchestral colour a ride on one of the popular attractions.

“A good way to begin a day in an amusement park is to ride the ‘Skyride’. After a short, introductory fanfare, a majestic theme soars through the orchestra. Passing over the ‘Log Flume’, ‘Carousel’, ‘Dark Ride’, and ‘Roller Coaster’, musical interruptions hint at the rides to come.”


Premiere Information:
May 9, 1987, Oakville Centre; Oakville Symphony Orchestra, David Miller, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 H824am
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 3, 1990
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([4], 68 p.) ;
    72 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 226
    26 parts ([226] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 3(picc)222/4221/timp, perc(2)/strings.
    Holograph (photocopy); original of score and parts in CMC Toronto.
    Commissioned by the Oakville Symphony through the McLean Foundation.
    Duration: ca. 15:00.
    Suitable for youth & community orchestras.
    1. The sky ride -- 2. The log flume -- 3. The carousel -- 4. The dark ride -- 5. The roller coaster.
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