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Allumer Quartet

Baton Rouge, LA      

Meaning “to light or ignite,”the Cajun French word “allumer” sums up the quartet’s mission to expand horn quartet repertoire while igniting, in our listeners, a passion for music. Since 2016, our goal has been to bring light to new music by commissioning new works that explore the horn quartet ensemble.

Murmuration by CJ

A murmuration is another word for a flock of starlings. These birds behave similarly to a school of fish, in that they fly in close proximity to one another creating solid shapes. This work depicts the fluidity of murmurations as well as their sudden changes through arpeggiations of chords that switch from one chord to the next. It also shows how individual starlings come together to create these large shapes through composite rhythms and melodies.

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Oh Parlez-Nous a Boire by Guy MIntus

This piece is based off of a Cajun folk song. The lyrics translation includes, “Let’s talk about drinking, not about marriage.” This piece is all about cherishing times with friends and spending time away from serious matters of life like marriage. It features improvising, clapping, singing, speaking, and stomping.

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Release by Marc Mellits

This piece was commissioned in honor of our member Evan McAleer whose mother passed away shortly after we put our group together in 2016. This piece was made to display the horns range and its ability to blend.

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