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Sound Box : saxophone solo

by Katia Beaugeais (2008)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

As the title suggests, this piece refers to a sound box of a musical instrument, similar to the open chamber body of a violin that alters the instrument's tone quality by modifying the way it resonates. To depict this effect, extended techniques play a major role in Sound Box to disguise and manipulate the tonal quality of individual pitches, focusing on the timbral characteristics of sounds, such as sub-tone, quarter-tone, glissando, slap-tongue, multiphonic and air sound effects. This can be heard from the opening note at pppp, producing a sub-tone quality, gradually getting louder as different pitches slowly emerge through a range of multiphonics. The middle section is fast and erratic, a virtuosic passage, showcasing the technical ability of the performer. Complex rhythms, erratic metre changes and dynamics, produce an exciting and exhilarating climax. In the final section the opening idea returns, further exploring a range of textures and timbres through a layer of multiphonics, creating a trance-like and meditative ending. Circular breathing is employed to imitate the continual sound of a violin.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Soprano saxophone.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Performances of this work

4 Jul 2011: at Katia Beaugeais - Saxophone Recital (Victorian College of the Arts - The University of Melbourne). Featuring Katia Beaugeais.

3 May 10: 2010 ISCM World Music Days. Featuring SCM Saxophone Orchestra.

3 May 2010: at The Sax Project, dir. Michael Duke (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Katia Beaugeais.

3 May 10: The Sax Project. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music broadcast live on ABC Classic FM. Presenter: Roger Gonzalez.. Featuring Katia Beaugeais, Brooke Green.

14 Dec 2009: at Saxophone Recital - Katia Beaugeais (Recital Hall East).

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