Elaine Agnew


Type of Work: Orchestra
Instrumentation: Picc. 2 fl. 2obs. cl. bass cl. bn. contra bn. 4 hns. 2 tpts. 2 trbs. bass trb. tu. timp. 2 perc. (xyl, tam-t, bass drum, toms). strings
Length: 4 minutes
Commissioned by: RTÉ lyric fm
Premiere: 10 September 2010, National Concert Hall, Dublin.
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Alan Buribayev


The Blue Mountains in Australia are 120 miles west of Sydney.  Their perpendicular cliffs were referred to by the Indigenous peoples as 'Jump up Land.'  It’s as if the mountains have jumped up from the rainforest base, resembling reversed mountains, where you look down into their valleys rather than up at their peaks.

When I first saw conductor Alan Buribayev in action that image of Jump Up Land came to mind, his energy and bounce reminding me of those sculptured mountains, their huge forms lungeing up from the earth’s surface.

Scored for full orchestra Jump Up!, a Fanfare of Welcome for Alan Buribayev and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, is based on a fast moving seven-note rising figure which is rebuilt and reshaped throughout the short piece.  A second more laid back theme introduced by trumpet and oboe leads to a coda-like string and brass chorale where the wind ensemble scream out the initial rising theme.  Later this year a CD of all Elaine’s orchestral works will be released on the lyric fm label featuring the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gavin Maloney as part of the Composers of Ireland series, funded by RTÉ and The Arts Council of Ireland.