This piece was inspired by watching a track relay race. The alto player will need to locate, and get familiar with, the indicated items, or devise a suitable substitute. While tempos are marked, the piece could be slowed down or sped up as long as the relative tempos are observed. In the handoffs, play where indicated and do not listen for the preceding player to play, or you will most certainly drop the baton. Mainly, just have fun with it.
-- Bradford Wright
A super fun and entertaining piece! The brisk tempo might take a while to work up to, but you’ll have a lot of fun along the way. Keeping with the “racing” theme, the composer calls for a “starter pistol or police whistle”- probably anything that makes a loud sharp bang or slap sound will work. One tricky technique to be aware of are staggered entrances of little pairs of 8ths that proceed downward chromatically, each part getting their say on a different quarter-note, which at full speed will come suprisingly quick until your group has worked out the timing and developed a smooth and confident style. This piece is definitely recommended as an encore piece in a concert, the audience will thoroughly enjoy it!