Saturday, 21 November, 2015
This weekend I received two fantastic performances by students of the University of Southampton of my new work for saxophone quartet and saxophone chorus: Moz Pit.
The work was requested by the faculty at Southampton to be featured as part of their 'Mozart Remix' festival. The event explored interpretations of Mozart from 1800 to the present day, with a particular focus on the snowball effect of how one interpretation might influence a subsequence interpretation and so on.
My piece reimagines the dances from Act I of Don Giovanni through the use of 21st-Century dance forms, namely house, the moshing which accompanies metal music, and dubstep. These three dance movements for saxophone quartet are separated by two interludes scored for an additional saxophone chorus, the intention being that a group of amateur players are able to perform alongside an experienced quartet and contribute equally to the the performance.
My thanks go to Wayne Hau, Alice McDonough, Emily Cox and Laurence Astill for a sterling performance!