Flight of Fancy (for alto sax & piano)

$34.95

Flight of Fancy (for alto saxophone & piano) is an energetic and cheerful piece. Its middle movement has a haunting quality by virtue of a chromatically-inflected saxophone melody and little updrafts and whirlwinds of tinkling, glockenspiel-like piano figurations. The final section of the piece is characterised by the sound of a ‘slow-to-start’, hand-cranked engine.

Description

Composer: Matthew Orlovich | Date of Composition: 2006 | Instrumentation: E-flat alto saxophone & piano | Duration: c. 3 minutes 30 seconds | Composed for: Barry Cockcroft (Australia) | Publisher: reedmusic.com | Formats: Printed Edition (RM094) & PDF Digital Download (RM094e) |

Composer’s Note

Tools of the Trade | Matthew Orlovich, Australian Composer.Flight of Fancy (for alto saxophone & piano) comprises three sections, each lasting about a minute or so. The first section kicks off in an energetic and cheerful way with the bright upper registers of both instruments at play. Also evident in the opening section are ideas such as angular melodic lines played in unison, a little harp-like piano accompaniment texture and a contrasting theme fashioned atop a jazzy, dance-inspired bassline.

The middle section of the work is perhaps the more unearthly music of the work. Little updrafts and whirlwinds of tinkling, glockenspiel-like piano figurations add a haunting quality to a chromatically inflected melody, evoking, for me, images of night and a kind of magic.

The final section of the piece – which brings us back to earth with its recapitulation of earlier material – is characterised by the sound of its ‘slow-to-start’, hand-cranked engine.

Matthew Orlovich,
Composer.

Audio


MP3
Title: Flight of Fancy (for alto saxophone and piano) – Excerpt
Composer: Matthew Orlovich
Performers: Saxophonist Barry Cockcroft (pictured) & Adam Pinto (piano).