for brass quintet and wind ensemble
Composition for brass quintet inspired by the hopscotch children’s game (sambori in Catalan). The main musical idea is the sambori theme, based on the metric and patterns of the 10 squares in the hopscotch court. This theme is combined with motives from Torna-li la trompa al xic, a popular children’s song from Valencia about the peg game. The musical elements are introduced at first as a chorale by the soloists and developed later with traditional textures like accompanied melody, canonic imitation, and parallelisms. To play this game you must play four turns (movements) attacca.
Commissioned by Spanish Brass
Duration: 10:30 min.
Solo brass quintet (2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba)
2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 bassoons
3 clarinets, Eb clarinet, alto clarinet (opt.), bass clarinet
soprano sax, 2 alto sax, 2 tenor sax, baritone sax
timpani, 4 percussionists, harp (opt.), violoncellos (opt.)