Elie Siegmeister- Around New York

Movement 1

Movement 2

Part of the festivities of the 1939 World's Fair in New York City included a concert series of new music by American Composers. Around New York, written for Cecil Leeson and sponsored by the 1936 Works Progress Administration project for American musicians, was premiered at one of these concerts. These two brief works, subtitled Two Whimsical Pieces for Alto Saxophone and Piano capture part of the lighter side of life in New York City in the late 1930s. Floor-Walker's Day Off refers to the department store employees of a past era who walked the sales floor day after day assisting customers. Spring Fever on a Ferry Boat rekindles the anticipation of summer on one of New York's most beloved - and now mostly forgotten - modes of transportation.

To the Fore Publishers is proud to present Around New York in its first publication.

Elie Siegmeister had been a significant force in American music since the 1930s. He wrote for all mediums, including opera, band, orchestra, theater and film, and composed many solo and chamber works. Among his awards and commissions are those from the Ford Foundation, NEA, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Library of Congress. He was instrumental in founding the American Composers Alliance in 1937, and over the years served as vice-president of the American Music Center and as a member of the board of directors of ASCAP. After studying with Wallingford Riegger in New York and Nadia Boulanger in France, Siegmeister began a multi-faceted teaching career which included posts at Brooklyn College, The New School for Social Research, University of Minnesota, and Hofstra University.

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