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Blue Work


On the Way to the Airport

for brass quintet (brass band instruments)

Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  9m
Instrumentation:  two cornets in B flat, horn in E flat, trombone, and E flat bass

Year:  2009
Duration:  9m
Instrumentation  two cornets in B flat, horn...

John Rimmer
Composer

Composer:   John Rimmer

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About

On the Way to the Airport is a multi movement piece which incorporates various moods one often experiences before air travel.

The five short movements are entitled:

  1. Florist - Oops a Daisy - a reference to a florist near the Auckland International Airport. The rhythm of the name of the florist can be heard in the tuba part
  2. Shore Shuttle – a shuttle bus route from North Shore City
  3. Doubts – this slightly scary slow movement hints at feelings of indecision and flying jitters
  4. Where’s My Passport? - a crazy waltz influenced by some wonderful circus music which the composer heard in Le Cirque Baroque’s performance of Voltaire’s Candide in London’s East End
  5. Terminal Traffic - in which bustling, excited sounds stimulate the adrenalin before the actual flight.

On the Way to the Airport was completed in 2009 and was first performed at an ensemble competition organised by the Brass Bands Association of NZ in Christchurch on 8 November 2009.


Contents note


1. Florist - Oops a Daisy
2. Shore Shuttle
3. Doubts
4. Where's My Passport
5 Terminal Traffic


Performance history

08 Nov 2009: Performed by the Woolston Brass Quintet at James Hay Theatre in Christchurch

12 Nov 2009: Performed by the University of Auckland Brass Quintet for Luke Christiansen’s Masters Recital at School of Music Theatre in Auckland

06 Dec 2009: Performed by the Tasman Brass Ensemble at the Arts Centre in Motueka

15 Jul 2010: Performed by the Tasman Brass Ensemble at the Arts Centre in Nelson Cathedral in Nelson

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