for flute, oboe, bass clarinet and bassoon

Oliver Iredale Searle

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for flute, oboe, bass clarinet and bassoon

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Composer Oliver Iredale Searle
Year of Composition 2009
Duration ca.8'
Instrumentation Flute, Clarinet In Bb, Bassoon, Oboe
Categories (all composers) , , , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-os1s3


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.

Commissioned by Illuminati, for first performance on the 8th of June, 2009, in the RSAMD Concert Hall.