Blue Allusions

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Spittal

Robert Spittal

Subtitle: A Divertimento for Trombone and Winds

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 11:20
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trombone and piano
Publisher: Shaba Road Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


Full Score
Solo Trombone
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The piece is a divertimento in seven parts [originally] for trombone and piano. A divertimento is a single piece made of smaller, diverse movements, each one contrasting in character with the others. In Blue Allusions, the diversions are unified in that within each, there is a "blue" element being alluded to by the music. The idea that there is a link or correspondence between music and color is a very old and very persistent one. Plato linked the major second and perfect fifth to yellow and the perfect fourth to red, in an extension of the Pythagorean harmony of the spheres to encompass planets, tones and colors. Aristotle suggested a parallel between the harmony of colors and the harmony of musical intervals. Newton, when investigating the spectrum of light, linked the intervals minor third, fourth, fifth, major sixth, minor seventh and octave to the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Musicians today frequently think of music in terms of color, and "blue" is a term frequently alluded to when musicians and listeners describe music. “Blue” may describe a variety of feelingful expressions in a piece of music, or describe a listener’s emotional response to that expression. But “blue” is also a technical term among musicians, used to describe a technical feature -- a type of scale or harmony, a structural element, or a rhythmic style. With poetic license, I explored these tangible and intangible meanings of “blue” in this piece.

Commissioned by Washington State Music Teachers Association

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) Wind Symphony (Brett Penshorn, conductor; Christopher Buckholz, trombone) - 16 November 2022
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band Chamber Winds (Courtney Snyder, conductor; Kevin Fenske, euphonium) - 5 November 2021

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