Concertino (for alto saxophone and saxophone orchestra) was commissioned by Dr Matthew Hindson AM and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra as part of the CSO Australian Series 2018 for premiere performance on Thursday 17 May, 2018 by the Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra, with guest conductor Dr Jay Byrnes and soloist Dr Michael Duke, at Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra ACT, Australia.
Within its three movements, the concertino ebbs and flows between buoyant, sparkling music and slower, more introspective lyricism. The soloist’s narrative draws upon a variety of musical ideas, including some courage-inducing fanfares, a heart-felt aria and some altissimo register tight-rope walking, amongst other things.
The saxophone orchestra’s many fingers are kept quite busy throughout most of the score, with soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones all contributing to the creation of a kaleidoscopic setting for the soloist. It is formed by layering little snippets of melody, small-to-medium interval trills, drones, some pizzicato-like punctuations and occasional soft and low, slow-burning chord progressions.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to Dr Matthew Hindson AM and to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for commissioning the work. I also warmly thank all the members of the Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra, guest conductor Jay Byrnes and soloist, Dr Michael Duke, for giving the world premiere performance of this concertino. – M.O.
THURSDAY 17 MAY, 2018 ***World Premiere Performance***
Presented by Singapore Airlines
Concertino (for alto saxophone and saxophone orchestra)
Performed by the SCM Saxophone Orchestra, with guest conductor Dr Jay Byrnes & soloist Dr Michael Duke @ Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT, Australia.