Écoulement (2018)

for solo alto saxophone


Written for the SASRIM Composers Meeting

Premiere: 30 August 2018. SASRIM Conference, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa | Naomi Sullivan, alto saxophone

(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.

Audio recording (Final workshop)
Naomi Sullivan, alto saxophone
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. 29 August 2018