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Whirled music

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

Whirled music : for E flat alto saxophone and 5-octave marimba / Matthew Orlovich.

by Matthew Orlovich (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, marimba (5-octave).
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Translucent Duo from the CD In sync


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Whirled Music (for E-flat alto saxophone and 5-octave marimba) was commissioned by Translucent Duo (Bernard Lagana & David Lockeridge) for premiere performance at the Australasian Saxophone & Clarinet Conference 2013, presented by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia. The US premiere of the work took place in the same year, given by Heterodyne Duo (Nathan Nabb and Brad Meyer) at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2015, the score received its European premiere at Contrasti Festival 2015 in Trento, Italy, performed by Slap Duo (Emanuele Dalmaso and Federico Agnello).

Scored in three movements (A-B-A), Whirled Music hits the ground running at a speed of around 120 crotchet beats per minute, faster still if the performers let it have its head. Fuelled by a high octane blend of semiquavers and chromaticism, the music shifts through gears while negotiating twists, turns, dips, climbs and spirals in a virtuosic display of highly energized unison bebop-like arabesques, fast rumba-like grooves and glimpses of clear, delicate lyricism.

During the second movement, the alto saxophone finds itself travelling on a not-too-bumpy, not-too-smooth marimba highway of gently pulsating tuplets, all the while issuing forth a bravura tale which takes us deep into tense, cadenza-like territory and back out again.

The third movement comes to life in musical 'fits and starts' before sending us whirling back in time via a shortcut through Movement 1, then on to a brief coda and a race to the finish line.

I warmly thank Translucent Duo for commissioning Whirled Music and giving the work its world premiere performance.

Matthew Orlovich,

Published by: Waratah Music [WM001] — 1 score 32p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 12 min.

Contents note:

I. Animato -- II. Espansivo, con bravura -- III. Animato.

Dedicated to Translucent Duo

Commissioned by Translucent Duo.

First performance by Translucent Duo — 12 Jul 13. 2013 Australasian Saxophone & Clarinet Conference, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW

Also available as a digital download.

Includes parts.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-7202-1500-6

Related products

This work is also available in the following products:

In sync
CD: In sync / Translucent Duo.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Trios: Saxophone, percussion, piano


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