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Redror (duos: saxophone, percussion)

by Michael Whiticker (1989)

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Performance by Timothy O'Dwyer from the CD Redror

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Redror : for alto saxophone and percussion / Michael Whiticker.

Library shelf no. Q 785.5612/WHI 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Redror is an explosive piece with a great virtuosity demanded of the performers. From whisper quiet multiphonics through to tongue slaps and extreme register playing, there is little respite for them during its 14 minutes.

Written in a post serial style with rhythm as well as pitch strictly controlled, Redror is probably the last piece I composed with such excessive rigour. From 1989 I was beginning to look for opportunity to add improvisatory elements to my music as one means of moving on to new modes of expression as a composer.


Work Details

Year: 1989

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, percussion.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Evert Le Mair, Henri Bok

Commission note: Commissioned by Duo Contemporain with funds provided by Australia Council. Performing Arts Board.

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