I. Rapidfire II. Traige III. Rapidfire with Bodran
Alto saxophone, cello (alternate viola part in place of cello available from LL.)
Paul Bro, Kurt Fowler, and The University Arts Endowment Committee, Indiana State University
Friday, November 1, 2002 Paul Bro, saxophone; Kurt Fowler, cello 36th Annual Contemporary Music Festival, Indiana State University
Oxford University Press, Cat. No. 9780193868427. Distributed in the USA through Goodmusic Publishing.
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.
The recording of the viola version is available on the CD The Irrelevants.