In motion : for saxophone orchestra
by Nadia Burgess (2012)
Performance by Sydney Conservatorium of Music Saxophone Orchestra, Michael Duke from the CD Compositions 2011/2012
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This piece portrays a sense of forward motion as in bustling traffic, busy lifestyles and travelling from place to place. A prominent bass motif is accompanied by repeated ostinato patterns whilst two contrasting main themes are being developed.
It is through composed, but the Coda features free improvisation. This crossover work is a fusion of minimalism, jazz, pop and African music.
Instrumentation: Sopranino saxophone, 2 soprano saxophones, 3 alto saxophone, 3 tenor saxophone, 2 baritone saxophone, bass saxophone.
Duration: 6 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Michael Duke
Commission note: Written for Michael Duke and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Saxophone Orchestra
First performance: by Sydney Conservatorium of Music Saxophone Orchestra, Michael Duke at Saxophone Orchestra (Verbrugghen Hall) on 31 Oct 2012
The composer notes the following influences on this work: Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, Steve Reich, and Matthew Hindson.
Performances of this work
19 May 15: Grant St Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts. Featuring University of Melbourne Faculty of Music Saxophone Ensemble, Shannon Ebeling.
31 Oct 2012: at Saxophone Orchestra (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Sydney Conservatorium of Music Saxophone Orchestra, Michael Duke.
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