Flivver Ten Million

Frederick S. Converse

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Converse?s piece was inspired by another composer, Arthur Honegger, who used the
orchestra to paint the image of a great steam locomotive in his piece, Pacific 231.
Converse followed with this work, whose full title was: Flivver Ten Million: A Joyous Epic
Inspired by the Familiar Legend ?The Ten Millionth Ford is Now Serving Its Owner.?
Ford appropriated the slang word ?flivver? for its inexpensive line of automobiles and it
was using the slogan mentioned in the full title when Converse wrote the piece. So he
had a lot of fun writing this imagined adventure of the the Ten Millionth Ford Flivver. He
divided the piece into the following eight sections, which are played without a pause:

1. Dawn in Detroit (sunrise over the city)
2. The Call to Labor (the auto workers report to work)
3. The Din of the Builders (factory workers)
4. The Birth of the Hero - He Tries His Metal (the car wanders off into the great world in
search of an adventure)
5. May Night by the Roadside - America?s Romance (love music via solo violin
6. The Joy Rider?s - America?s Frolic (happy have a great time music)
7. The Collision - America?s Tragedy (poignant, sad intonations)
8. Phoenix Americans - The hero, righted and shaken, proceeds on his way with
redoubled energy, typical of the indomitable spirit of America (great fun)

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Additional Information

Duration 00:12:00
Orchestration 4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 7Perc. Cel. Org. 2Hp. Str.

Details

1. Dawn in Detroit (sunrise over the city)
2. The Call to Labor (the auto workers report to work)
3. The Din of the Builders (factory workers)
4. The Birth of the Hero - He Tries His Metal (the car wanders off into the great world in search of an adventure)
5. May Night by the Roadside - America?s Romance (love music via solo violin
6. The Joy Rider?s - America?s Frolic (happy have a great time music)
7. The Collision - America?s Tragedy (poignant, sad intonations)
8. Phoenix Americans - The hero, righted and shaken, proceeds on his way with redoubled energy, typical of the indomitable spirit of America (great fun)