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Aue!

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Christopher Marshall

Christopher Marshall


General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score & Parts: $190.00   |  Score Only: $50.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Log Drums (high and low)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Whistle


Errata

In Parts:

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m139: A#, not C#


Program Notes

For three years we lived inland at Vaia’ata in Savai’ata, Samoa. Often in the evenings you could hear sounds from the villages carried on the sea-breeze – songs, dances, bells, drums – all filtered and transformed by the mists of the rain forest. The music starts at Vaia’ata and takes the forest track down to the village. At its heart is an old Samoan tune Faleula E, “People of Flaeula”. The motif which first appears on the saxophones is inspired by the powerful sound of the conch shell which announces an important event and the chanting of competing orators. Hymns are sung at all social events and fragments of one hymn tune appear throughout the piece. The predominant rhythm, on log and tin drums, accompanies the sasa, a popular dance. The word Aue (pronounced almost as ow-WAY) is a Samoan exclamation expressing strong emotion.

Aue! was commissioned under the auspices of the WASBE School Band Network, an International Consortium of over sixty amateur, school and university bands and individuals from ten different countries

First performed at the RNCM by Chethams Wind Orchestra, conductor John Dickinson, 7th April 2001


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