Yellowstone for Violin and Orchestra

. . . full of the grandeur of the park . . . unashamedly romantic, with soaring violin melodies . . . it would make a super score for some Spielberg cinematic blockbuster.

Music and Vision

Jett Hitt's Yellowstone for Violin and Orchestra was completed in February of 2002 and recorded a month later. Violinist Frantisek Novotny and conductor Kirk Trevor lead the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in a stunning recording of Jett Hitt's unforgettable monument to Yellowstone National Park.

The music was inspired by innumerable horseback rides through Yellowstone's vast backcountry. It could have only been written by someone who lives Yellowstone; the composer works in the park as an oufitter, offering day rides, pack trips and fly fishing trips in the remote backcountry.

Critics have hailed it as "the perfect soundtrack for touring the park" and "so evocative of a place so diverse and amazing."

One fan writes:

Deserving of 6 stars

This concerto is so unbelievable - I can't even describe it. The music is as soaring, beautiful, intriguing, and powerful as its inspiration, and every time I listen to it I get chills up my spine. It is indeed reminiscent of a movie score with a lot of variety and change throughout. If I had to (or was fortunate enough to) listen to one thing for the rest of my life, this would be it. I cannot say enough about this music - 5 stars doesn't even come close.

The work is structured in the traditional three movement concerto format, fast-slow-fast (Sonata, Ternary, Sonata Rondo). Though not programatic in a strick sense, the composer has written the following commentary about each of the movements:

1. Yellowstone 20:29
2. Dunraven 11:37
3. Hoodoos 13:39

Here are excerpts from each movement

1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement
2.2 MB
1.8 MB
1.5 MB

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