Slipstream (for sax quartet & bicycle bell)

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Composed at the invitation of Nexas Quartet (Sydney, Australia), Slipstream is an energetic work which celebrates the thrill of the ride while championing the art of precision teamwork. Scored for saxophone quartet and bicycle bell, the music nods in the direction of the cycling world and to the technique of slipstreaming or drafting, as it is known in cycling parlance.

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Composer: Matthew Orlovich | Date of Composition: 27 June 2016 | Instrumentation: Saxophone Quartet (SATB) and Bicycle Bell | Duration: c. 10 minutes | Composed at the invitation of: Nexas Quartet (Sydney, Australia) | Publisher: Waratah Music | Format: Printed Edition (Score & Parts) WM005 / ISMN 979-0-7202-1508- 2); PDF Digital Download (Score & Parts) WM005e / ISMN 979-0-7202-1509-9) | Edition: 18 February 2019

Composer’s Note

Composed at the invitation of Nexas Quartet (Sydney, Australia), Slipstream is an energetic work which celebrates the thrill of the ride while championing the art of precision teamwork. Scored for saxophone quartet and bicycle bell, the music nods in the direction of the cycling world and to the technique of slipstreaming or drafting, as it is known in cycling parlance.

All three movements of the score feature a fair amount of jostling counterpoint. The first movement (Allegro, alla fanfara) is a little bit rollercoaster­esque in its melodic contour. The middle movement (Con ritmo) juxtaposes two contrasting musical characters: “groovy” versus “straight­laced”. Marked Sentirsi bene (Feeling good), the third and final movement recaps material from the first movement, albeit at a quicker tempo and in the manner of a race to the finish line.

I warmly thank Michael Duke, Andrew Smith, Nathan Henshaw and Jay Byrnes of Nexas Quartet for inviting me to compose Slipstream and for giving the world premiere performance on Tuesday 29 November, 2016 at the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, NSW, Australia.

Matthew Orlovich,
Composer.

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Audio


MP3
Title:
 Slipstream (for saxophone quartet and bicycle bell) – Excerpt
Composer: Matthew Orlovich
Performers: Nexas Quartet
CD Title: Current (NQCD 001)

Performances

Some of the known performances of Slipstream (for saxophone quartet and bicycle bell) include:


Thursday 24 May 2018:
Nexas Quartet (Michael Duke, Andrew Smith, Nathan Henshaw and Jay Byrnes) @ Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, VIC, Australia.



Sunday 17 September 2017: 
Nexas Quartet (Michael Duke, Andrew Smith, Nathan Henshaw and Jay Byrnes) @  Rhodes Theatre – Barker College, Hornsby, Sydney, NSW 2077, Australia.



Sunday 30 July 2017: 
Nexas Saxophone Quartet @ Queens Park, Australian Festival of Chamber Music (Townsville, QLD).



Friday 26 May, 2017: 
MP Saxophone Quartet (Emanuele Dalmaso al sax soprano; Sveva Azzolini al sax contralto; Mattia Grott al saxonfono tenore; Simone Dalcastagnè al saxofono baritono) @ Sala Filharmonica, Rovereto, Italy.



Sunday 5 March, 2017 – European Premiere: 
MP Saxophone Quartet (Emanuele Dalmaso al sax soprano; Sveva Azzolini al sax contralto; Mattia Grott al saxonfono tenore; Simone Dalcastagnè al saxofono baritono) – Associazione MotoContrario: Contrasti 2017 – Festival di musiche del ‘900 e contemporanee (4a ed.) MotoContrario International (2) @ Sala Conferenze Caritro, Trento, Italy.



Tuesday 29 November, 2016 – World Premiere: 
Nexas Saxophone Quartet (Michael Duke, soprano sax; Andrew Smith, alto sax; Nathan Henshaw, tenor sax; Jay Byrnes, baritone sax) @ Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Australia.