Length and breath : saxophone quartet
by Damien Ricketson (2009)
Performance by Continuum Sax from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 35.
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Length and Breath is one of a number of recent works of mine to explore the open form in music. There is no one definitive version of Length and Breath, but rather a multitude of possible versions. Openness pervades a number of aspects of the work ranging from instrumentation to the way in which individual players interrelate to one another.
Although Length and Breath is scored for saxophone quartet, the specific saxophones used remain unspecified. As such, any two performances of the work may sound drastically different. The title, Length and Breath, refers to the way in which time is measured through much of the work. Rather than having rhythm based on a common underlying beat, each performer measures time in relation to the length of their breath: the natural discrepancies between performers resulting in complex polymetric textures. Autonomy also exists within players each of whom are required to manipulate their finger and embouchure movements independently.
Instrumentation: Saxophone quartet
Duration: 12 min.
First performance: by Continuum Sax — 31 Oct 09. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, as part of the New Music Network Concert Series
Performances of this work
31 Oct 09: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, as part of the New Music Network Concert Series. Featuring Continuum Sax.
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