Concertino for mouth organ choir and orchestra by ANDY JACKSON
This short celebratory piece was written for the inaugural performance by the Cobweb Orchestra, with the mouth organ parts being played by members of the audience, in The Sage Gateshead on 19th December 2004.
The central idea is that anybody who has enough breath to blow and suck into and out of a harmonica can participate in an orchestral performance.
The harmonica part is simple enough for complete novices to master within minutes.
One of the essential characteristic’s of the harmonica is its ability to produce two different - and more or less in-tune chords - regardless of how well or badly it is played. These form the basic harmony and structure of "Blow Out" to which the orchestra adds melody, rhythmic definition and tonal colour.
The title, as well as being an accurate description of one of the ways in which the instrument can be played, is intended to convey a party atmosphere as in "blow out" describing a large meal or extinguishing candles on a cake.