Beaugeais’ Together We Unite Through Music for Sax orchestra
Sound of Water Festival
Saturday 22 October 2022, 6pm
A spatialised and multisensory concert featuring Katia Beaugeais’ Together We Unite Through Music.
Co-Founders: Joseph Lallo & Jade Norfolk
Performers: Melbourne Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra
Venue: Hanson Dyer Hall Level 3
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Ian Potter Southbank Centre
ABOUT Together We Unite Through Music
Recently premiered on 17 September by a massed saxophone orchestra, Beaugeais’ latest composition celebrates the re-opening of concert halls and live music across the world as together we unite through music.
Sax Instrumentation: Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Baritones, Bass (with optional Bari sax replacement part).
This piece has been composed for a 12/13 part saxophone ensemble or for a massed saxophone orchestra.
Duration: c. 9 minutes.
Concert Program Note
Katia Beaugeais’ Together We Unite Through Music for saxophone orchestra was commissioned by Joseph Lallo and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for a world premiere performance at the 2022 Melbourne Saxophone Festival of Australia.
This piece celebrates the re-opening of concert halls and live music across the world as together we unite through music. It takes us on a journey: from the start of lockdown to the celebratory moment as we are able to perform on stage together again.
During lockdown, we experienced a range of different sounds and emotions as many of us were confined to our homes. In demonstrating the wide range of special effects that the whole saxophone orchestra can produce, contemporary playing techniques are featured. Opening with soft raindrop sounds (key clicks, sax tapping and slap-tongue effects), saxophonists begin to whistle in a bird-like manner, imitating a chorus of birds from an outside garden tree.
The soprano sax emerges with the first melody of the piece in a singing bird-like manner.
Air wind sound waves lead into an uplifting, dream-like and dance-like rhythmic section.
With players entering one by one, gradually building up to the whole ensemble, the unique and illuminating colours of the full saxophone range are showcased.
Together We Unite Through Music builds to a powerful, exhilarating, celebratory and unifying finish as all saxophonists come together and unite through music again.
© August 2022 – Program Note by Katia Beaugeais
Program note free to use with “Courtesy of Katia Beaugeais”.
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