Air traffic control : solo saxophone
by Matthew Orlovich (2002)
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Living only a short-bicycle ride from Sydney's Kingsford Smith International Airport, I've taken an interest in watching jets, turboprops, helicopters and airside vehicles as they jostle for position around and about the airfield in a kind of hectic, yet highly choreographed ballet. Air Traffic Control - a lively and colourful work for solo sax - takes its inspiration from the drama and excitement of this busy airport.
The melodic style of Air Traffic Control is highly chromatic. Its syncopated rhythms and accents are like those heard in a bebop-style piece. Phrases marked crescendo and decrescendo evoke the fading in and out of radar and radio transmissions, or perhaps variations in distance. The sounds of an emergency siren and a beeping electronic device are also scored, lending an added sense of immediacy to the saxophonist's action-packed narrative.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Highly chromatic; syncopated rhythms.
First performance: by Martin Hemmingway — 17 Nov 02. MLC Auditorium, Kew, Vic.
Performances of this work
7 Oct 05: Rolston Recital Hall, The Banff Centre, Canada.. Featuring Barry Cockcroft.
27 Mar 05: Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Featuring Barry Cockcroft.
17 Nov 02: MLC Auditorium, Kew, Vic.. Featuring Martin Hemmingway.
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