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Blue Work


Huff

for saxophone quartet

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  5m 30s
Instrumentation:  SATB or AATB saxophone quartet

Year:  2012
Duration:  5m 30s
Instrumentation  SATB or AATB saxophone quartet

Composer:   Robbie Ellis

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 3 - 5

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Borrow/Hire:

To borrow or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz. Please note that only library members in New Zealand and Australia can borrow or hire parts.

About

Huff is both the act of exhaling, and the sound of air moving through a wind instrument. The piece starts as a saxophonist would: after the instrument comes out of its case and gets put together, the first thing the player does is blow warm air.

I wanted to write something that would work for both professional quartets such as Saxcess, and proficient school ensembles in both SATB and AATB formation. As a composition, it didn’t come together straight away: the 12/8 time signature sidetracked me into a maniacal type of Mexican banda music, which turned into a work called Banda Chiflada. That and Huff are very different in character, but they are still two pieces cut from the same compound time cloth.


Commissioned note

Composed at the request of Debbie Rawson & Saxcess. Written with the support of the University of Otago Mozart Fellowship.


Performance history

30 Jun 2012: Performed by Saxcess: Debbie Rawson (soprano sax), Reuben Chin (alto sax), Hayden Sinclair (tenor sax), Graham Hanify (baritone sax), at the Cromwell Memorial Hall, in Cromwell

01 Jul 2012: Performed by Saxcess at the Lake Wanaka Centre, in Wanaka

06 Jul 2012: Performed by Saxcess at the Whakatane Baptist Centre, in Whakatane

07 Jul 2012: Performed by Saxcess at the Woolshed Theatre, in Te Awamutu

08 Jul 2012: Performed by Saxcess at Ascension Winery, in Warkworth

10 Jul 2012: Performed by Saxcess at the Old Library Building Arts Centre, in Whangarei

16 Jul 2012: Performed by Saxcess at Expressions Genesis Energy Theatre, in Upper Hutt

09 Jun 2015: Performed by Raucous: Tom Botting (sop sax), Chris Park (alto sax), Jamie Hutton (tenor sax), Jack Julian (baritone sax) at Christ's College, Christchurch.

10 Jun 2015: Performed by Raucous: Tom Botting (sop sax), Chris Park (alto sax), Jamie Hutton (tenor sax), Jack Julian (baritone sax) at Middleton Grange Arts Centre, Christchurch.

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