Chase the money
for alto saxophone and string orchestra

John Oliver
Composer
John Oliver
Composition Date: 2000
Duration: 00:10:30
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra With Soloist, Saxophone(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Saxophone
  • 1 x String orchestra
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Programme Note:
Chase the Money is a chasing game between the pure penetrating tone of the alto saxophone and the massed sound of the string orchestra. Beginning with the entire group playing middle C, the single idea that generates the music is the expansion of this interval from unison to a minor seventh. The corresponding expanding motivic material that emerges becomes the subject of the middle section. I think of the sound the musicians make as a living being that is not arbitrarily structured, but structured according to the various behaviours, acoustical properties, and psychoacoustic affects of sounds when they are combined. I am writing directly with sound. I wrote the saxophone part directly on the instrument, using several idiomatic microtonal fingerings. Chase the Money was commissioned by the Montreal publisher Editions musicales opus 102. I thank Bernard Savoie for commissioning the work and saxophonist Otis Murphy for invaluable inspiration and consultation during the creation of the music. I am especially indebted to Vancouver saxophonist David Branter for his championing of the work.

Premiere Information:
July 10, 2003, Ted Mann Theatre, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; World Saxophone Congress Orchestra / Glen Cortese, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1625 O48cha 2000
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra With Soloist, Saxophone(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 13, 2005
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (ii, 20 p.) ; 43 cm
    22 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For alto saxophone and string orchestra.

    Study score. Performance score and parts available from the publisher, Éditions Musicales Opus 102, Montreal.

    Title on cover reads: Cha$e the Money

    Includes microtonal fingerings for saxophone.
    Preferred instrumentation: alto saxophone, 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 double basses. Minimum instrumentation: alto saxophone, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass
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