Forthcoming Australian Music Centre Composer Resource Kit

Education Composer Kit for high school and university level.

Composer resource kit – Written by Katia Beaugeais
Publisher/Editor – Australian Music Centre

Australian composers featured in the Composer Resource kit:

Prof. Anne Boyd, Katy Abbott, Rosalind Page, Katia Beaugeais, Bruce Crossman and Stephen Adams.

The Composer Resource Kit will contain:

(1) Written text resource booklet analysing a range of Australian works.
(2) Recorded extracts and access to full-length recordings* of each piece.
(3) Individual sample recordings of the contemporary playing techniques discussed in each work.

* All saxophone works will be recorded by composer-performer Katia Beaugeais.

Summary of Project:

The composer resource kit will present a number of Australian saxophone/clarinet/oboe pieces in a variety of styles. The pieces have been chosen based on their unique compositional style and variety of colours and timbral effects created through the use of extended techniques, including Dr Bruce Crossman’s new soprano saxophone work, Dying of the Light: Pacific Resonance for Peter (dedicated to Peter Sculthorpe) and Anne Boyd’s Beside Bamboos originally written for erhu and transformed for solo alto saxophone for a recital I gave at Selmer Studio Showrooms in Paris.

In the text booklet, score extracts of the Australian compositions will be shown alongside audio recordings. Audio samples of specific extended techniques will also be provided to accompany the discussion on contemporary playing effects.

This education resource is essential for both high school and tertiary level (undergraduate and postgraduate level). There is no simple text available outlining the basic idiomatic issues when composing with extended techniques. Instrumental textbooks of contemporary playing techniques are aimed at the advanced performer, and are too difficult to comprehend for a non-performer of the instrument. The composer resource kit will demonstrate how to create unique timbral, colouristic, textural effects through the use of extended techniques when composing for saxophone and other woodwind instruments. Analyses of motivic development devices and idiomatic issues such as breathing, register, dynamics, articulation will also be discussed in relation to the featured works.

With this composition resource kit I will conduct composition workshops at various schools and universities.

The launch date is late 2018.

For further enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact me or John Davis – CEO of the AMC.

© June 2017 by Katia Beaugeais.

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