A piece for wind quartet.
Snowbirds is a word I came across while at a Cochlear Implant conference in Tampa (Florida), in March 2009. I had never previously heard this commonplace term to describe people who migrate away from (and occasionally towards, depending on your interests) wintry weather each year, often seasonally. Florida is obviously prime territory for those fortunate to be able to do this, in a country so large that various different climates exist at any time of year. My cousins are snowbirds. They are originally from Chicago (famed for its cold winters), but currently live on Maui, a Hawaiian island. For clear reasons, I rarely see them, but am often drawn to memories of good times spent together in periods of less adult responsibility. This piece draws on nostalgic, half-remembered fragments of nights out, grouping the quartet in pairs, as pieces of musical material dance around one another.
Instrumentation Genre Ensemble (no conductor)
Duration 8 minutes
Instrumentation Flute [1 player]; Oboe [1 player]; Bass clarinet [1 player]; Bassoon [1 player]
Performances of this work
- New Work for horn quartet, by Drew Hammond
- Frammenti Capricciosi, by John McLeod
- Fantasy on themes from Britten's 'Gloriana', by John McLeod