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Flying Colours (for alto sax & piano)


Flying Colours (for alto saxophone and piano) received its world premiere performance courtesy of romp duo (Barry Cockcroft and Adam Pinto) at the 2011 Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Festival, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.


Composer: Matthew Orlovich | Date of Composition: 2010 | Instrumentation: E-flat alto saxophone and piano | Duration: c. 12 minutes | Composed at the invitation of: Barry Cockcroft (Australia) | Publisher: Reed Music | Formats: Printed Edition (Score & Parts) ISMN 979-0-720114-39-2 / RM842); PDF Digital Download (Score & Parts) ISMN 979-0-720114-39-2 / RM842e) | Edition: 2010

Composer’s Note

Tools of the Trade | Matthew Orlovich, Australian Composer.Flying Colours (for alto saxophone and piano) was arranged especially for performance by romp duo (Barry Cockcroft and Adam Pinto) at the 2011 Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Festival, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (To read more about the saxophone and concert band version, click here).

The title of the work is intended to suggest the rapid, free-flowing and often highly chromatic melodies played by the saxophone soloist. The title also reveals something of the inspiration behind the music and my current fascination with all things nautical.

Flying Colours commences with music of a bright and vigorous nature. The strong pulse heard at the introduction is maintained and serves to drive the narrative of the whole work. Weaving in and around the piano part, the soloist’s florid melodic lines are composed of ordered, balanced phrases. This is in keeping with the ‘crazy logic’ style of some of my previous works for saxophone in which ‘crazy’ melodic intervals are shaped into ‘logical’ or symmetrical sentences.

I warmly thank Barry Cockcroft and Adam Pinto for giving the world premiere performance of this version of the work.

Matthew Orlovich.


Some of the known performances of Flying Colours (for alto saxophone and piano) include:

Saturday 13 July, 2013:
2013 Australasian Saxophone & Clarinet Conference – Saxophone Competition (Set Work). Adjudicator: Claude Delangle. Finalists: Bernard Lagana & Simon Watts, accompanied by David Howie (piano) @ Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Tuesday 5 July, 2011 (World Premiere Performance): 
2011 Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Festival Gala Concert – Sax Spectacular – featuring rompduo (Barry Cockcroft – alto saxophone & Adam Pinto – piano) @ Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC, Australia.