In its original scoring for alto saxophone and 5-octave marimba, the work received its world premiere performance by Translucent Duo (Bernard Lagana & David Lockeridge) at the 2013 Australasian Saxophone & Clarinet Conference, Sydney. Its US premiere took place in the same year, given by Heterodyne Duo (Nathan Nabb & Brad Meyer) at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Comprising three movements (A-B-A), Whirled Music hits the ground running at a speed of around 120 crotchet beats per minute, faster still if the performers let it have its head. Fuelled by a high octane blend of semiquavers and chromaticism, the music shifts through gears while negotiating twists, turns, dips, climbs and spirals in a virtuosic display of highly energized bebop-like arabesques, fast rumba-like grooves and glimpses of clear, delicate lyricism.
During the second movement, gently pulsing harmonies and swirling flourishes from the harp serve as a backdrop to the clarinet’s bravura tale which takes us deep into tense, cadenza-like territory.
The third movement comes to life in musical ‘fits and starts’ before sending us whirling back in time via a shortcut through Movement 1, then on to a brief coda and a race to the finish line.
I warmly thank John and Simone for their friendship and for requesting this arrangement of Whirled Music.
SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 2017 (7PM)
Performers: Duo Imaginaire (John Corbett, cl.; Simone Seiler, hp). Venue: Schlosskonzert, Wehrer Stadthalle, Germany.
Program: Nun zum dritten Mal an der schweizer Grenze zu Gast: Debussy’s Petite Suite, Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s Diebische Elster, De Falla’s Suite populaire und Whirled Music des Australiers Matthew Orlovich!
SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2016
Performers: Duo Imaginaire (John Corbett, clarinet; Simone Seiler, harp). Venue: Schwenk & Seggelke, Bamberg, Germany. Details: 20th Anniversary celebration – Schwenk & Seggelke, Bamberg, Germany.
THURSDAY 9TH JUNE 2016 (6PM)
Performers: Duo Imaginaire (John Corbett, clarinet; Simone Seiler, harp). Venue: After-Business-Konzert in der Sparkasse, Hagen, Germany.
SUNDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2016
PERFORMERS: Duo Imaginaire (John Corbett, clarinet & Simone Seiler, harp). Venue: Schelmenturm, Grabenstrasse 30, Monheim am Rhein, Germany.