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The music in my dreams : for big band

by Nadia Burgess (2003)

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Performance by Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra, William Motzing from the CD Music in my dreams

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Music in my dreams


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Music in my dreams / Nadia Burgess.

Library shelf no. CD 2245 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The title refers to the composer's dreams which are often filled with ideas for new compositions. The first section is a D minor blues with modal aspects. The soprano saxophone melody is accompanied by a bass ostinato. The second section is in an African 12/8 feel in G minor. A return to the bass ostinato follows, now in F minor. Layers of ostinato patterns bring the piece to a an end. There are solos for soprano and tenor saxophone. Influences of jazz, African and art music prevail.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: 2 alto saxophones (1st doubling soprano saxophone), 2 tenor saxophones, baritone saxophone, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, drums.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional/student.

First performance: by William Motzing, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Big Band — 5 Oct 07. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

24 Sep 15: Io Myers Studio, UNSW, Kensington. Featuring University of New South Wales Jazz Orchestra, Latin Conjunto, Sandy Evans.

12 Mar 2015: at Sirens Big Band with Sandy Evans (Camelot (Marrickville)). Featuring Sirens Big Band.

16 Nov 13: Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival, Foundry 616, Ultimo. Featuring Claire Daly, Sirens Big Band.

10 Aug 12: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, NSW. Featuring Monique Lysiak, Sirens Big Band, Loretta Palmeiro, Melissa Mony.

28 May 10: Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre. Featuring Sirens Big Band.

5 Oct 07: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.. Featuring Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra, William Motzing.

5 Oct 07: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring William Motzing, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Big Band.

8 May 03: In rehearsal for a recording.

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