The Last Flight of Saint-Ex : for Saxophone Orchestra
by Katia Beaugeais (2008, this version: 2018)
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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.
Year: 2008, this version: 2018
Instrumentation: Saxophone orchestra:there are 2 versions:2x soprano, 4x alto, 3x tenor, 2x baritone, 1x bass.2x soprano, 4x alto, 3x tenor, 3x baritone.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Technical virtuosic passages and Slap-tonguing is featured.
Commission note: Commissioned for a premiere performance at the 2018 Zagreb World Sax Congress by the Australasian Sax Orchestra
First performance: by Australasian Sax Orchestra — 13 Jul 18. World Sax Congress, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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.
Performances of this work
13 Jul 18: World Sax Congress, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia. Featuring Australasian Sax Orchestra.
19 Feb 10: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
16 May 08: Old Darlington School, University of Sydney. Featuring Sydney Symphony Fellows.
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