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Écoulement

INSTRUMENTATION

solo alto saxophone
 

YEAR OF COMPOSITION

2018
 

DURATION

5 mins
 

Written for the 2018 SASRIM Composers Meeting

WORLD PREMIERE

30 August 2018. Bongani Mthethwa Room, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa | Naomi Sullivan, alto saxophone

AUDIO RECORDING (FINAL WORKSHOP)
Naomi Sullivan, alto saxophone
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. 29 August 2018

PROGRAMME NOTE

(fr) écoulement = (eng) flow, discharge, outflow, effusion, outpourings, passing, elapse
 

Écoulement is a short study in gestural writing in music. The gestures include long, drawn out glissandi, rapid chromatic scalar passages, speed-variable vibrato phrases. My key goal with the work was to construct a complete piece of music using a limited set of ingredients. Decisions regarding repetition of phrase, dynamics, change of pitch centers, etc. were key to establishing a structure that hopefully allows the work to come alive in a meaningful way.