Composer’s note: After viewing the film “Pacific Heights” while touring the West Coast in the USA with the group Saxtet, I wrote Pacific Nights. The piece is also a tribute to the group, whose encouragement and suggestions inspired me as I worked up the initial idea into its final form.
It started as a sketch with a simple riff on baritone saxophone – my instrument at the time – giving me a rare spot in the limelight. This was followed by a melodic line, which develops into a rapid quaver passage and virtual chaos, before the emphatic final statement of the opening theme.
Pacific Nights is the only piece I have ever written, although I am planning to write another quartet within the next 15 years!
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:
“Pacific Nights” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.