Flying Colours (for alto saxophone and band) – performed by United States Navy Band with soloist MU1 Jonathan Yanik, conducted by Capt. Brian Walden.
Flying Colours, a concerto for alto saxophone and concert band, received its world premiere performance on 7th January, 2011 at the 34th International Saxophone Symposium, Washington DC, USA, with Barry Cockcroft as featured soloist with the United States Navy Band, conducted by Captain Brian O. Walden.
At Barry’s request, I arranged the concerto for alto saxophone and piano for performance at the 2011 Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Festival, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (To read more about the saxophone and piano 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 band / 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 the United States Navy Band for giving the world premiere performance of the work, and also warmly thank Barry Cockcroft and Adam Pinto (a.k.a. rompduo) for their premiere of the sax and piano score.
FRIDAY 10 JULY 2015: French Premiere – Bayern Polizei Orchester, conducted by Prof. Johann Mösenbichler, with alto saxophone soloist, Jérôme Laran (Paris) @ SaxOpen XVII World Saxophone Congress and Festival, Cité de la musique et de la danse – Auditorium, Strasbourg France.
SUNDAY 3 MAY 2015: European Premiere – Performed by Jérôme Laran (soloist) & Banda Musical Arcos de Valdevez @ Festival International Saxofone, Escola Artística do Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga, Portugal.
MONDAY 28 OCTOBER 2013: Performed by Dr Perry Rask & Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr Gary Shaw @ Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W Main St, Decatur, IL 62522, United States.
SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER 2013: Performed by Dr Perry Rask & Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr Gary Shaw @ Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W Main St, Decatur, IL 62522, United States.
MONDAY 12 AUGUST 2013: US Premiere – Performed by the Decatur Municipal Band with featured soloist Dr Perry Rask (alto sax) @ City Appreciation Night, Central Park, Downtown Decatur, IL 62522, United States.