Composed by Liz Sharma
For Double Wind Quintet
Published by Forton Music
Includes score and parts
2 Bb Clarinets
2 Horns in F
This five movement suite for double wind quintet has been inspired by the journey of the humble orange through time.
I. Thousands of years ago oranges were a sour fruit growing wild in China and North Western India. By 2,500 BC orange trees were being cultivated as a fragrance.
II. By the 8th and 9th centuries orange trees had reached Southern Spain, via the Romans and then the Moors. By now sweet oranges had been cultivated, and with the help of irrigation the trees flourished.
III. In 1493 Christopher Columbus carried orange, lemon and citron trees to the Caribbean Islands and by 1518, the Portuguese were planting sweet oranges in Brazil.
IV. In 1700 a ship carrying oranges was sheltering from bad weather in Dundee harbour. A young grocer, James Keiler bought them to sell, but they were the sour variety and not good for eating, so his wife made marmalade, which sold very well!