A Celebratory Overture for Full Orchestra

Dan Welcher

Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Publisher: Elkan-Vogel, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Jackpot is a celebration of the City of Las Vegas in honor of its 100th birthday. As such, I thought I should honor several things about the city?but on the whole, the piece is the happiest and most uplifting orchestral work I've ever written.

It starts with that quintessential Las Vegas sound: the sound of a quarter dropping into a slot machine, musically achieved with woodwind runs and a ratchet. Three times the player inserts the money, followed by a whirring, machine-like motive. The first time, certain notes appear and sustain (think ?cherry, apple, lemon?), and the player knows he hasn't won ... yet. The second time the quarter is inserted, the machine whirs, and this time it?s ?lemon, cherry, cherry.? But the third attempt brings
success, the three pieces of fruit match, and the Jackpot is released. The resulting melody is the spirit of modern Las Vegas: big, bold, and beautiful. The overture then follows a sequence of sections, with two new themes being introduced along the way, and at the end the original melody reappears: stronger, bolder and more beautiful than before?just like the city it represents.

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Scores & Parts

Jackpot - Full Score - Study
Jackpot - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Harold Leighton Weller, Music Director, for the centennial celebration of the City of Las Vegas
Composition Date 2005
Duration 6:30
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(dbl. B.Cl) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Premiere 17th September, 2005. Las Vegas Philharmonic, conducted by Harold Weller, Artemus W. Ham Hall, Las Vegas (Nevada)