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CD Release: Bird Spirit Dreaming

This new Da Vinci Classics CD features Australian works for soprano sax and piano, performed by HD Duo (Michael Duke & David Howie). Alongside my piece “Cloud Nine”, you’ll hear music by Sculthorpe, Edwards, Broadstock, Chan and Hindson. Grab your copy of the CD today!

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CD Review: Bird Spirit Dreaming

“… The album ends with a flourish. Matthew Orlovich’s Cloud Nine in three movements, titled Joyful, Dark and Stormy and Playful, leaves me upbeat with its sunny rhythms reminiscent of a jazzy, jaunty cakewalk.” – Reviewed by Shamistha de Soysa for SoundsLikeSydney.

Composer’s Note

Cloud Nine (for soprano saxophone, piano and electronic bow) was commissioned in 2021 by HD Duo (Michael Duke, saxophone; David Howie, piano) with the financial support of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

In keeping with the title of the work, the first movement (Joyful; dotted crotchet = c. 80) is euphoric in mood, commencing with a buoyant theme that recurs between moments of exuberant bebop-esque music, gleeful chordal displays, scalar runs and passages comprising piquant effects and ornamentations.

The second movement (Dark and stormy; quaver = c. 60) – a meditation on the awe-inspiring grandeur of a cumulonimbus cloud – is a nod to The International Cloud Atlas (1896) and its more literal use of the work’s title. Offering a moment of repose, the movement begins with the sound of distant thunder and features a slowly unfurling melody accompanied by the hum of an electromagnetically-excited B-flat piano string.

The third and final movement (Playful; crotchet = c. 120) begins with some cheeky, high-spirited interplay between the saxophone and piano. There ensues a short recapitulation of music from the first movement, culminating in a resolute coda.

I thank HD Duo for commissioning Cloud Nine and gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

Dr Matthew Orlovich
Composer.

Some of the Known Performances

FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2024

“Fine Music Breakfast” with Stephen Gard @ 2MBS-FM Fine Music.
Featuring music from the CD of the Week “Bird Spirit Dreaming” (HD Duo – Michael Duke, soprano saxophone; David Howie, piano) released on the Da Vinci Classics label.

WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER, 2022 (7PM)

HD Duo
Pictured: HD Duo (David Howie & Michael Duke).

Concert:
Gems Old and New – Music for saxophone and piano

Hear Matthew Orlovich’s “Cloud Nine” for soprano sax, piano and electronic bow, plus works by Clara Schumann, Sally Greenaway, Lili Boulanger, Gabriel Faure, Brenton Broadstock and Lyle Chan.

Performers: Michael Duke and Jay Byrnes (saxophonists) and David Howie and Lindsay Gilroy (pianists).
Venue: Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Tickets: Free with online registration.

CONCERT TOUR – SEPTEMBER, 2022

HD Duo
Pictured: HD Duo (David Howie & Michael Duke).

Concert:
Music for saxophone and piano

Performers: Michael Duke (saxophone) and David Howie (pianist).
Venue: South Coast Tour, NSW, Australia.

Score Sample

Score Sample: Cloud Nine (for soprano sax, piano & electronic bow) | By Matthew Orlovich

Availability

Cloud Nine
(for Soprano Sax, Piano and Electronic Bow)

Printed Edition & PDF Digital Download
available from

WARATAHMUSIC.COM

Score Details

TITLE:
Cloud Nine

DATE OF COMPOSITION:
2021 (rev. 2022)

SCORED FOR:
Soprano Saxophone, Piano and Electronic Bow.

DURATION:
c. 19 minutes

PUBLISHER:
Waratah Music

ISMN:
Printed Edition (WM021):
ISMN 979-0-7202-1540-2

Digital Download (WM021e):
ISMN 979-0-7202-1541-9

Contact me

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I look forward to hearing from you!