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“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:
- 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 bassoon part;
- Shore Shuttle – a shuttle bus route from North Shore City;
- Doubts – this slightly scary slow movement hints at feelings of indecision and flying jitters;
- 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;
- Terminal Traffic - in which bustling, excited sounds stimulate the adrenalin before the actual flight.
“On the Way to the Airport” was written in 2009 as a brass quintet and recomposed for wind quintet in 2014.
Suitable for the NZCT Chamber Music Contest