Upcoming performance at the International Saxophone Symposium

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FRIDAY 12 JANUARY, 2024 (4PM)
Seventh Heaven (for soprano saxophone, alto saxophone and piano)
Performers: Clifford Leaman (saxophone), Timothy Roberts (saxophone) & Casey Dierlam Tse (piano).
Venue: International Saxophone Symposium, hosted by the United States Navy Band @ George Mason University Center for the Arts (Harris Theatre),
Fairfax, Va., USA.
Info: International Saxophone Symposium

Composer’s Note

Seventh Heaven (for soprano saxophone, alto saxophone and piano) was commissioned in 2021 by Clifford Leaman and Joseph Lallo. The title of the score is intended to suggest not only the abundantly joyful mood of the music, but also my fondness for using the interval of a Major 7th.

The first movement (Brillante, crotchet = c. 120) sets the scene with a cavalcade of flourishing gestures, buoyant melodies, spiky rhythms and climactic modulations. Working as one, the three instruments aid and abet each other to create a highly energised, driven music. As if uninvited, a brief fragment of classically-inflected bitonal piano music makes its first contrasting appearance in the musical narrative, followed by a resumption of heightening tensions leading to the conclusion of the first movement.

In the second movement (Fugitivo, crotchet = c. 108), the scene is one of shadows and light, zephyrs and wind chimes, with a central section marked Dolcissimo, con rubato.

Beginning with a 9/8 time signature, the third movement (Con ritmo, dotted crotchet = c. 80) uses a motoric piano rhythm to underpin the lengthy strides of a new theme echoed between the two saxophones. After a series of modulations heighten the music’s tension, there ensues an abridged recapitulation of material from the first movement, followed by a decisive coda.

I thank Clifford and Joseph for commissioning Seventh Heaven and extend my best wishes for their world premiere performance.

Dr Matthew Orlovich,
Composer.

World Premiere Performance

flag-of-United-States-of-AmericaTHURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 2023 (7:30PM)
Seventh Heaven (for soprano saxophone, alto saxophone & piano)
Performers: Clifford Leaman, saxophone; Joseph Lallo, saxophone; Nicholas Susi, piano.
Venue: Recital Hall, School of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA.
Program: “Traces” – featuring New Works by Matthew Orlovich, Catherine Likhuta, John Fitz Rogers, Fang Man & Braxton Blake.
Info: USC Events Calendar
Livestream: YouTube (USC Music Department)
Concert Program: 230914 – Leaman Lallo

flag-of-United-States-of-AmericaMONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER, 2023 (7:30PM)
Seventh Heaven (for soprano saxophone, alto saxophone & piano)
Performers: Clifford Leaman, saxophone; Joseph Lallo, saxophone; Nicholas Susi, piano.
Venue: Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY, 14604, USA.
Program: “Traces” – featuring New Works by Matthew Orlovich, Catherine Likhuta, John Fitz Rogers, Fang Man & Braxton Blake.
Info: ESM Events Calendar

YouTube – World Premiere Performance 14 September, 2023.

World Premiere Performance: Seventh Heaven (for soprano sax, alto sax & piano), performed by Joseph Lallo, soprano sax; Clifford Leaman, alto sax; and Nicholas Susi, piano @ Recital Hall, School of Music, University of South Carolina, SC, USA. (14 September, 2023).

Additional Past Performances

THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER, 2023 (1:30PM)
Newsflash: Program cancelled due to Covid-19

Performers: Clifford Leaman (saxophone), Timothy Roberts (saxophone) & Casey Dierlam Tse (piano).
Venue: XIX World Saxophone Congress, Auditorio Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias, C. San Francisco, S/N, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Program: “New Music for Two Saxophones and Piano”.
Info: XIX World Saxophone Congress

Score Sample

Score Sample: Seventh Heaven (for soprano sax, alto sax & piano) | By Matthew Orlovich

Availability

Seventh Heaven
(for Soprano Sax, Alto Sax and Piano)

Printed Edition & PDF Digital Download
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Score Details

TITLE:
Seventh Heaven

DATE OF COMPOSITION:
4 October, 2021

SCORED FOR:
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Piano

DURATION:
c. 10 minutes, 30 seconds

WORLD PREMIERE:
Performed by Clifford Leaman (sax), Joseph Lallo (sax) and Nicholas Susi (piano) on Thursday 14 September 2023 @ Recital Hall, School of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA.

PUBLISHER:
Waratah Music
(Coming Soon)


ISMN:

Printed Edition (WM020):
ISMN 979-0-7202-1538-9

PDF Digital Download (WM020e):
ISMN 979-0-7202-1539 – 6

If you would like more information about this score, feel free to email me.
I look forward to hearing from you!