Your cart

Total
NZD
Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.

Blue Work


Goodbye to Blues

for symphonic or concert band

Year:  1991   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  2232;3431; 2 alto sax; 1 tenor sax; 1 baritone sax; timp (3); 2 perc; string bass; also optional extra parts for euphonium and bass clarinet.

Year:  1991
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  2232;3431; 2 alto sax; 1 te...

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

Films, Audio & Samples

Sample Score

Sample: Page 1-5.

See details ➔

Borrow/Hire:

To borrow items or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz.

About

This work attempts to shake off 'the blues' with playful and vigorous musical ideas. It starts slowly and in sombre mood but this is quickly swept aside by a jolting 'allegro'. A number of motivic-like themes are presented, and linked together during the piece. The syncopated idea at the beginning recurs as a kind of rondo theme in this one-movement work. 'Goodbye to Blues' was commissioned by the Christchurch Youth Symphonic Band and CSM, with funding from Creative NZ. It was first performed on the band's tour of Hawaii, in 1992. While presenting some challenges to younger players it is not overly demanding in terms of technique.


Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Christchurch Youth Symphonic Band and Christchurch School of Instrumental Music, with funding from Creative NZ.


Dedication note

To Carmel


Performance history

Premiere given by Christchurch Youth Symphonic Band's tour of Hawaii, in 1992.