New York, New York: Postcards from Home

  1. The Big Apple
  2. Autumn Night, Under City Lights
  3. Lenny on the Corner of 65th and Broadway!
  4. September Song
  5. From Penn to Central Park in 60!

Wind Ensemble: 9 ½ minutes

Difficulty: Grade 5

Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, Piccolo, 2 Oboes, English Horn, 3 Bb Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, Soprano Sax, 2 Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, 4 Horns, 3 Bb Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, String Bass, Piano, Timpani, Percussion (Chimes, Crotales, Glock., Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bell Tree, Gran Cassa, Mark Tree, Piatti, Sus Cymbal, Toms, Triangle)

Premiered by the 2017 Nassau Music Educator’s Association Division V All-County Band; January 2017

Being a native of Nassau County, Long Island, I was delighted to receive an invitation to compose a new work for the Division V All-County Band.  Growing up just outside of NYC, and having lived the past 12 years of my life in two other major cities (outside Washington, D.C. and currently in Los Angeles), the spirit of living in a busy, vibrant city has never left me.  But there truly is no greater city than New York.  In conceiving New York, New York, I chose to create a multi-movement work made of little musical postcards. 

Theses musical “postcards for home,” are from me and consist of my musical recollections and nostalgia for this great city.  The city is vibrant in its 24/7

One may notice that New York, New York shares its title with the great anthem performed by Frank Sinatra, and a song from Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town.  My choosing of this title bears no musical connection to these works.  Rather, it is merely an exclamatory presentation of the address for the center of the world. 

  1. New York, New York: I. The Big Apple Vincent Oppido 1:45
  2. New York, New York: II. Autumn Night, Under City Lights Vincent Oppido 2:10
  3. New York, New York: III. Lenny on the Corner of 65th and Broadway! Vincent Oppido 1:35
  4. New York, New York: IV. September Song Vincent Oppido 2:22
  5. New York, New York: V. From Penn to Central Park in 60! Vincent Oppido 1:32