May I open the new year on a speed railway track? The Belgian accordionist and composer Henri Coene wrote the Atlantic Express short after World War II. It became a smashing hit among accordion players at once, although it requires quite some skills. Henri Coene composed program music to evoke an old steam train starting, coming to convenient speed and then racing through the scenery from west to east. A constant pulsating rhythm illustrates the speed and movements of the engine's wheels' arms. From time to time, the steam flute is heard. Finally, the journey is over and the mighty train slows down to stop...
The piece was originally written for accordion solo. Here's is the arrangement for orchestra:
The Atlantic Express
Enjoy the listening,