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(can be played separately or as a two-movement suite)


Openly nostalgic with many style elements of traditional blues and Americana, Out of the Blue is a moderately
paced intermesso.


Allegro vivace throughout, Flying on Instruments
draws upon jazzy, Latin, and gospel-music flavors
with massed strings and other sections featured as
group soloists.

total duration: 13'30"


3(3rd db. picc.)/2+E.h./2+E-flat/2+cbn.  4/3/3/1
timp.   3 perc.   strings

Instrumentation may be reduced:

Out of the Blue may be performed without
Flute III/piccolo, Oboe II, E-flat Clarinet, and Contrabasson Cues are provided in other instruments.

Flying on Instruments may be performed without
English Horn and Contrabassoon.
Cues are provided in other instruments.

Note: if the oboe section has only two players,
the second player doubles, playing
English horn in Out of the Blue, and
Oboe II in Flying on Instruments.








"brimming with life . . ."
Greensboro News and Record

"a wonderful and fun piece!"
JoAnn Falletta

Broadcast on National Public Radio:
Performance Today in a concert by the
National Repertory Orchestra;
Carl Topilow, conductor.


Russell discusses the score
with conductor, Paul Polivnick