Blue Like an Orange for large chamber ensemble (1987)
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  • Blue Like an Orange

Piccolo, oboe, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet; trumpet, horn, bass trombone, 3 percussion, synthesizer, strings(1/1/1/1/1 or small complements)

Boosey and Hawkes, Hendon Music (BMI)

10 minutes

World Premiere

Program Note
Blue Like an Orange (1987) for large chamber ensemble

Blue Like an Orange (1987) expresses many shades of the blues: melancholy, spiritual, satirical, brooding, humorous. The composition follows the traditional four-bar phrase structure of the blues and passes solos from bass clarinet to horn to cello to trombone to synthesizer to strings and finally to timpani, which also provides a reiterated bass line throughout the piece. The ensemble is enclosed by two chime players who create celestial counterpoint. While Blue Like an Orange is inspired by the innumerable blues in G minor, by the end of the composition it has metamorphosed into something quite different. 

For more information on Michael Daugherty' music visit:
Boosey & Hawkes
Peermusic Classical
Faber Music
American Composers Forum
Michael Daugherty Music