14 May rush
clarinet in Bb, 2 bass clarinets [7’] 2000.
Commissioner: The Solaris Trio
Premiere: International Clarinetfest, Norman, Oklahoma, USA, July, 2000.
My high school in New Zealand specialised in rugby and horticulture. I was interested in neither. Twenty years later, rush takes me back to my roots — crisp early mornings playing in the school clarinet choir, an aberration in a world that spoke the language of rugby and kiwifruit. Revisiting the school sportsfield, rush is named after the rugby technique of moving the ball forward with short kicks and runs.
rush is dedicated to the Solaris Trio.