Format: Digital Download (PDF score + parts) | © 2013 by Matthew Orlovich | Edition: October, 2016 | Published by Matthew Orlovich | All rights reserved | ISMN 979-0-9009-7140-1
Whirled Music (for Eb alto saxophone and 5-octave marimba) was commissioned by Translucent Duo (Bernard Lagana & David Lockeridge) for premiere performance at the Australasian Saxophone & Clarinet Conference 2013, presented by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Its US premiere took place in the same year, given by Heterodyne Duo (Nathan Nabb and Brad Meyer) at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2015, following its submission to an international call-for-scores administered by Associazione Culturale Motocontrario, the score received its European premiere at Contrasti Festival 2015 in Trento, Italy, performed by Slap Duo (Emanuele Dalmaso and Federico Agnello).
Scored in 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 unison bebop-like arabesques, fast rumba-like grooves and glimpses of clear, delicate lyricism.
During the second movement, the alto saxophone finds itself travelling on a not-too-bumpy, not-too-smooth marimba highway of gently pulsating tuplets, all the while issuing forth a bravura tale which takes us deep into tense, cadenza-like territory and back out again.
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.