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Drifting Memories : saxophone quartet

by Katia Beaugeais (2006, this version: 2008)

Audio Sample

From the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Selected works by AMC represented artists


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Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol 2

Library shelf no. CD 2090 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Drifting Memories was first composed in 2006 for Continuum Sax and revised in 2008. Programmatically, the work takes us on a journey encompassing both pleasant and unpleasant memories.

Drifting Memories consists of eight sections. The pitch material gradually unfolds by drifting 'in and out' of each section. The four saxophone parts are combined in a variety of different textures and timbres, enhancing the gradual progression from a static, calm quality to a fast and frenetic, complex web of pulsating rhythmic figures, ending with piercing harmonic glissando effects. Extended techniques have become an integral part of my compositional style. In this work they include multiphonics, air sounds, key clicks, vibrato, flutter-tongue, slap-tongue, glissando and quarter-tone trill effects.

Work Details

Year: 2006, this version: 2008

Instrumentation: Saxophone quartet (SATB)

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Continuum Sax

First performance: by Continuum Sax — 13 Mar 10. Campbelltown Arts Centre

Performances of this work

3 Nov 2010: at Sydney Con Sax Orchestra: Beaugeais, Glass, Matitia and more... (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Michael Duke, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Saxophone Orchestra.

13 Mar 10: Campbelltown Arts Centre. Featuring Continuum Sax.

12 Aug 09: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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