Sheet Music: Score
Last Flight of Saint-Ex : for saxophone quartet / Katia Beaugeais.
by Katia Beaugeais (2010)
Last Flight of Saint-Ex (2010) is
inspired by the famous French writer and pilot Antoine de
Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), also known as Saint-Ex - author of the
international bestseller Le Petit Prince - whose plane was likely
shot down by a young German pilot in 1944 in the South of
Originally composed in 2008 for oboe and string quartet for a premiere performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship players, recomposed versions are now available in a variety of instrumental combinations, showcasing the technical virtuosity of all players.
A fast, pulsating, rhythmic style governs this work. A feeling of urgency is created by syncopated rhythms, irregular metres and erratic dynamic changes. In the slow middle section, a feeling of sadness is conveyed by a slow haunting solo. Fast motivic figures alongside thick rippling trill and chordal textural sound mass effects build to a loud and dramatic climax.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (18p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Fast technical passages requiring AMEB 7th grade and above. Contemporary playing techniques are included but as the score indicates, saxophonists can play the piece without these effects.
Duration: 7 mins
Includes program notes.
The composer notes the following submitted styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Classical style, Neo-Classicism, Impressionism, contemporary music - contemporary playing techniques. Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Bartok, Ravel.
This piece includes contemporary playing techniques. However, if the saxophonists cannot slap-tongue or flutter-tongue the players can also perform without these extended techniques.
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