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Hurly Burly : saxophone with piano

by Matthew Orlovich (2015)

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Performance by HD Duo from the CD Australian Thais

Australian Thais


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Australian Thais : new music for saxophone and piano / HD Duo.

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Hurly Burly


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Hurly Burly : for B flat soprano sax & piano / Matthew Orlovich.

Library shelf no. 788.72/ORL 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Hurly Burly (for B-flat soprano saxophone and piano) was commissioned in 2015 by Australian saxophonist, Simon Watts. It received its world premiere performance on Thursday 19th November, 2015 performed by Simon Watts (soprano saxophone) and David Howie (piano) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The work received its US premiere at the 2016 Hot Air Music Festival, held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California, performed by Timothy Roberts (soprano saxophone) and Matthew Orlovich (piano).

The score comprises three movements. The first and third movements are the more illustrative of the work's title with urgent rhythms and highly chromatic melodic lines creating a highly energised mood.

The middle movement, marked 'Reverberant', steals us away to a place of relative tranquility. Here, the saxophone and piano intermingle in an atmosphere of echoes and windchime-like figurations.

I extend thanks to my friend, Simon Watts, for commissioning the work and for giving the world premiere performance.

Matthew Orlovich.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Soprano saxophone, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Snappy -- II. Reverberant -- III. Snappier.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Simon Watts

Commission note: Commissioned in 2015 by Australian saxophonist, Simon Watts.

First performance: by Simon Watts, David Howie — 19 Nov 15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney NSW

Performances of this work

26 Apr 18: Roy Barnett Recital Hall, Music Building, University of British Columbia, 6361 Memorial Road, Vancouver, Canada.. Featuring HD Duo.

11 Mar 16: 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA.. Featuring Timothy Roberts, Liz Ames.

6 Mar 16: 2016 Hot Air Music Festival, Recital Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA, USA.. Featuring Matthew Orlovich, Timothy Roberts.

19 Nov 15: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney NSW. Featuring Simon Watts, David Howie.

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