Vertigo live rec. Movt I, II, III Clari (Rowden) Sax (Beaugeais)


Vertigo  3 movts – 11:30 min.

I:  Mysterious  5:30 min.
II: Dreamy       2:30 min.
III: Dance-like 3:15 min.

The clarinet & alto sax version is now published by the Australian Music Centre.
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Program Note

• a feeling of uneasiness
• dizziness, unstable
• a disordered condition in which an individual, or whatever is around him,
seems to be whirling and spinning around …


Vertigo for clarinet and alto saxophone was composed in 2005/2013 for an ABC Classic FM radio broadcast performed by David Rowden (clarinet) and Katia Beaugeais (saxophone). It was broadcast in a featured ABC program of Beaugeais’ music.

This piece depicts the feelings when suffering from vertigo. This is portrayed by the use of ostinatos, juxtaposition of complex rhythms and constant changes of tempi. A sense of calm only occurs in the second movement. This is a very lyrical, song-like and atmospheric movement.
This work features extended techniques to explore the unique range of textural and timbral effects that both instruments can create. Both instruments play a range of multiphonics, quarter-tone trills, vibrato, glissando/bend effects and slap-tonguing is featured in the saxophone part (a substitute key click effect is given in the sax part for players who have difficulty slap-tonguing).

The duration of Vertigo is 11:30 minutes. It is in three movements which can be performed separately.

Available for:

  • Bb clarinet & alto sax
  • Soprano sax & alto sax
  • Tenor sax & Baritone sax
  • 2 Baritone saxophones
  • Bb clarinet & bass clarinet
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