The Kennedy Center

Uptown Hoedown

About the Work

Peter Schickele Composer: Peter Schickele
© Richard Freed

In June 1993 Toyota sponsored a comedy festival in New York that included a wide range of venues and genres. My own contribution to a program of musical humor at Carnegie Hall included Sneaky Pete and the Wolf, a revisionist, west-of-the-Pecos version of the Prokofiev classic. Since I was last on the program, I thought it would be nice to have a zippy little encore, which is why Uptown Hoedown has the same basic instrumentation as Prokofiev's work. It was completed at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 7, 1993, and given its premiere at about 10:25 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 1993. There is a good possibility that Uptown Hoedown holds the distinction of being the only symphonic piece ever introduced in Carnegie Hall by a conductor wearing full cowboy regalia, including chaps.