Blow Them Away by Diana McIntosh
Scored for Piccolo, 8 Flutes (4 parts divisi), 2 Alto Flutes, Bass Flute, Contrabass Flute (or optional cello) and optional percussion. Doubling lower flutes are recommended for optimum performance balance.
Blow Them Away has two levels of meaning. In the vernacular, the obvious idea of building to a climax and “blowing away the audience”; and also, on a deeper level, the composer wanted to communicate the idea of a gradual “transformation” of one's spirit – a lifting up of mood from melancholy to a sense of exuberance and freedom – and “blow away” the blues. The pieces evolves from two main motifs which gradually change their identity.
Duration: 7 minutes