HURL was composed for the Apollo Saxophone Quartet in March and April of 1996.
As is the case in much of my work the piece proceeds by juxtaposing self-contained musical blocks with the quartet often acting as a single homogenous instrument. However, there is increased polyphonic movement in this piece by building up two, three and four independent lines simultaneously alongside the passages in rhythmic unison. In addition to this, I have used melody, and quite a lot of it too, to propel the music forward. HURL lasts about nine minutes.