The Last Flight of Saint-Ex for Sax Quartet/Sax Orch./Oboe + strings

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Recording:
Ben Carey – soprano sax
James Nightingale – alto sax
Andrew Smith – tenor sax
Nathan Henshaw – baritone sax


The Last Flight of Saint-Ex
– 6:30 min.

Program Note

The Last Flight of Saint-Ex for oboe and string quartet was composed for the 2008 Sydney Symphony Fellowship players and premiered by them at University of Sydney. It has since been arranged and performed by a variety of Australian chamber ensembles. The saxophone quartet version was featured on Kammerklang’s CD, ‘Symbology’, and the arrangement for clarinet, cello and piano is soon to be released on Charisma’s upcoming CD – Sydney’s leading chamber ensemble dedicated to new music.

The Last Flight of Saint-Ex is inspired by the famous French writer and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), also known as Saint-Ex – author of the international bestseller Le Petit Prince – whose plane was shot down by a young German pilot in 1944 in the South of France.

The fast, pulsating, driving motion of the piece depicts the planes flying erratically through the air trying to escape the enemy. In the slow middle section, a feeling of sadness, pathos and grief is conveyed by the haunting solo cello melody. The feeling of urgency, danger, panic and unrest soon returns in the final section with more complex syncopated rhythms, irregular metres and erratic dynamic changes showcasing the technical ability of the players.

© 2014 by Katia Beaugeais.


Available for:

  • oboe & string quartet
  • clarinet, cello & piano
  • saxophone quartet
  • string quartet

 

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