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Fisher Tull

Fisher Tull

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General Info

Year: 1981
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In a sense, the Nonet echoes some baroque concertos of Antonio Vivaldi, since the nine instruments serve collectively as an ensemble and individually as soloists. Tull has spaced solo passages for each of them throughout the work. He also included an exquisitely orchestrated duet for flute and muted trumpet toward the beginning of the concerto's Allegro section.

The concerto has a three-movement plan, but its slow-fast-slow sequence is the reverse of the customary fast-slow-fast plan of the baroque concerto. To some extent, its two outer movements might be considered a prelude and epilogue to the central Allegro, which is energized by a repeated four-note thematic motive that often serves as a basic rhythmic pulse and a ground bass. Harmonically, the concerto has nothing to do with baroque style, since it blends principles of 12-tone serial composition with the random adventures of chance music.

- Program Note by Carl Cunningham for liner notes of CD Troy 449 Friends Play Fisher Tull

Commissioned by the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. Premiered by the Southwest Chamber Players February 13, 1984 in San Antonio, TX at the meeting of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Music Educators National Conference.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Studies Chamber Winds (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band Chamber Winds (Richard Fry, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Southwest Chamber Players – 13 February 1984 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Tull, F. (1984). Nonet for Winds, Percussion and Piano [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: Farmingdale, N.Y.