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Whirled music (trios: saxophone, percussion, piano)

by Matthew Orlovich (2013)

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

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Work Overview

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,

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Saxophone, piano, percussion.

Duration: 4 min.

Arranged by Mix't Trio.


Whirled Music

Performances of this work

17 Aug 2016: at Translucent Duo present In-Sync (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Translucent Duo.

16 Apr 16: Werner Recital Hall, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

13 Jun 15: Contrasti Festival – Trento 2015 @ Sala Fondazione Caritro, via Calepino, Trento, Italia.

1 Apr 15: "In Sync" tour Regional NSW . Featuring Translucent Duo.

4 May 14: Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

28 Mar 14: Village Church, Annandale, NSW. Featuring Translucent Duo.

25 Sep 13: Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

18 Sep 13: Cole Concert Hall, Austin State University, Texas, USA.

27 Jul 13: Regional Tour, NSW. Featuring Translucent Duo.

12 Jul 13: 2013 Australasian Saxophone & Clarinet Conference, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW. Featuring Translucent Duo.

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