Performed By: Tim Deighton, viola; Carrie Koffman, saxophone

Movements:
I. Rapidfire II. Traige III. Rapidfire with Bodran

Instrumentation:
Alto saxophone, cello (alternate viola part in place of cello available from LL.)

Duration: 13 minutes

Commissioned By:
Paul Bro, Kurt Fowler, and The University Arts Endowment Committee, Indiana State University

Premiere:
November 1, 2002 by Paul Bro, saxophone, and Kurt Fowler, cello, at the 36th Annual Contemporary Music Festival, Indiana State University

Available From:
Oxford University Press, distributed by Goodmusic Publishing.

Composer's Notes:
Bid Call resulted from the investigation that saxophonist Paul Bro and I have of finding musical form in American language traditions. In the last piece that Paul and I collaborated on, Holy Roller, we looked at the revivalist preacher's musical form. However, I had been studying auctioneering patter for a long time, and it suddenly dawned on me that our new piece should explore auctioneering patter. In the auction business they call it “bid call” and people train a long time to develop their own patter and style. So, this piece is all about auctioneers’ styles, pitches, timing, and complex and wonderful rhythms.

I would like to thank Dale Newton for his creativity and guidance in developing new techniques for the violoncello.
 
— Libby Larsen
 

Additional Information:
The recording of the viola version is available on the CD The Irrelevants.

Score Errata:
I, m. 39 (Alto Sax): missing two barlines

II, system 5 (Alto Sax): after the descending 64th notes the unmarked F is to be played as a F-sharp

III, mm. 53, 58, 62 (Alto Sax): each unmarked A is to be played as an A-flat