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Breath by Breath

Digital Audio Album

Breath by Breath / Katia Beaugeais.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 9 July, 2021 — 1 online resource (1 sound file).
  • Sales Availability: Buy Breath by Breath on the iTunes Store
  • Library Availability: This item is not available from the Australian Music Centre Library

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
MultiSonics for alto saxophone Katy Abbott Katia Beaugeais 8 mins, 13 sec.
Breath by Breath for saxophone solo Katia Beaugeais Katia Beaugeais 12 mins, 52 sec.
Beside bamboos for saxophone with piano Anne Boyd Katia Beaugeais, Phillip Shovk 8 mins, 16 sec.
Dying of the light : Pacific Resonance for Peter (2014) for saxophone Bruce Crossman Katia Beaugeais 6 mins, 48 sec.
Intermezzo 1 : Fuglar himins (Birds of Heaven) for saxophone with piano Rosà Lind Page Katia Beaugeais, Phillip Shovk 4 mins, 12 sec.
Intermezzo 2 : Straumur (Streams) for saxophone with piano Rosà Lind Page Katia Beaugeais, Phillip Shovk 6 mins, 7 sec.

Product details

The saxophone as you've never heard it before: award-winning composer and performer Katia Beaugeais takes us into new sonic territory with this exciting and intriguing digital album, featuring music written especially for her unique talents.

To create this extraordinary and beautiful album, Katia invited four outstanding Australian composers, Katy Abbott, Anne Boyd, Rosalind Page and Bruce Crossman, to join her in experimenting with the full sound palette of the instrument: 'My brief to each composer was to not hold back!' Using a range of extended techniques - air wind sounds, flutter-tongue, paint brush tongue stroke articulation, multiphonics (playing two or more notes at once), quarter-tone trills, slap-tonguing (a percussive drum-like effect) and circular breathing - they show us new and unexpected sides to the instrument's famously smooth and sensuous voice.

These extended performance techniques, says Katia, transport both performer and audience to another place. 'When I circular breathe I forget where I am, as I am completely immersed within the sounds of my saxophone.'

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