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Hurly Burly (for soprano sax & piano)


Commissioned by saxophonist Simon Watts, Hurly Burly received its world premiere in Sydney, Australia. Subsequent performances have included the US premiere at Hot Air New Music Festival (San Francisco) and NASA Biennial (Lubbock). In 2021, Hurly Burly was recorded by HD Duo for the Signum Records label (SIGCD685).



Composer: Matthew Orlovich | Date of Composition: 4 September 2015 | Instrumentation: B-flat soprano saxophone and piano | Duration: c. 8 minutes 30 seconds | Commissioned by: Simon Watts (Sydney, Australia) | Publisher: Waratah Music | Format: Printed Edition (WM 004 / ISMN 979-0-7202-1506-8) & PDF Digital Download (WM004e / ISMN 979-0-7202-1507-5) | Edition: 11 February 2019 |

Composer’s Note

Tools of the Trade | Matthew Orlovich, Australian Composer.Hurly Burly (for B-flat soprano saxophone and piano) was commissioned in 2015 by Australian saxophonist, Simon Watts. It received its world premiere performance on Thursday 19th November, 2015 performed by Simon Watts (soprano saxophone) and David Howie (piano) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The work received its US premiere at the 2016 Hot Air Music Festival, held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California, performed by Timothy Roberts (soprano saxophone) and Matthew Orlovich (piano).

The score comprises three movements. The first and third movements are the more illustrative of the work’s title with urgent rhythms and highly chromatic melodic lines creating a highly energised mood.

The middle movement, marked ‘Reverberant’, steals us away to a place of relative tranquility. Here, the saxophone and piano intermingle in an atmosphere of echoes and windchime-like figurations.

I extend thanks to my friend, Simon Watts, for commissioning the work and for giving the world premiere performance.

Matthew Orlovich,

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New CD

Scheduled for release by Signum Records on 23 July, 2021, this is an album not to miss! Enjoy the superlative musicianship of HD Duo (Michael Duke, saxophone; and David Howie, piano) performing Orlovich’s “Hurly Burly” for soprano saxophone and piano, plus music by Gerard Brophy, Tim Dargaville, Narongrit Dhamabutra, Saksri Pang Vongtaradon, and Denny Euprasert.

HD DUO. Australian Thais. New Music for Saxophone and Piano


Michael Duke (saxophone) & David Howie (piano)

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Some of the known performances of Hurly Burly (for soprano saxophone and piano) include:

Thursday 26 April, 2018 – Canadian Premiere: 
HD Duo – Michael Duke (soprano saxophone) & David Howie (piano) Roy Barnett Recital Hall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

2018 – Asia Tour: 
HD Duo (Michael Duke, soprano saxophone; David Howie, piano).

Friday 11 March, 2016:
 Timothy Roberts (soprano saxophone) & Liz Ames (piano) @ 2016 NASA Biennial Conference, Lubbock, Texas, USA.

Sunday 6 March, 2016 – US Premiere: 
Timothy Roberts (soprano saxophone) & Matthew Orlovich (piano) @ 2016 Hot Air Music Festival, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Thursday 19 November, 2015 – World Premiere: 
Simon Watts (soprano saxophone) & David Howie (piano) @ Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia