2 saxophones (same key)
Written for Michael Duke
performed by Michael Duke & Jeff Emerich
Slap Me was written at the request of Australian saxophonist Michael Duke while he was working and studying in the United States. I was pleased to have a saxophonist of Michael’s calibre playing my music so I jumped at the chance to write for him. Michael had requested something along the lines of my piece Black & Blue but of course harder and longer.
Slap Me continues my habit of jeux de mots titles. Slap tonguing is a commonly heard technique in more recent saxophone music and in this piece simulates percussive attacks similar to bongo drums. After a free and bluesy opening, the slapping begins with the two saxophones fighting with their individual cross rhythms – effective with only the most absolute precision. Each saxophone performs a ‘solo’ over the top of the other saxophone’s accompaniment figure. Reminiscent of my earlier piece Black & Blue, the solos are unrelenting with a gradual build of intensity. The two parts gradually merge together in a section of free-flowing eighth notes diminishing to a soft murmur and an apparent lack of clear pulse. This was my first exploration of writing with a disregard for the vertical relationship between the notes but focussing instead on the horizontal movement of the music. As the piece builds back up to it climax, chaotic, bending dissonance ensues until a final release at the return of the bluesy opening and a few last slaps for good measure.
Saxophone duo repertoire is relatively sparse considering the ease with which it is to form an ensemble. This is an area of the repertoire that is still unexplored and I am sure to come back to this combination again.
My composition Slap Me performed by Danil Dovbysh & Pavel Barabashchuk, Ukraine. https://youtu.be/1f-npJsA9NM
My composition Slap Me performed by Ekòs Sax Duo. Deborah Batà & Vincenzo Varriale, Italy. Festival di Sant' Apollonia di musica da camera Salerno. https://youtu.be/-Xnw0ejNqpM
My composition Slap Me performed Anna Lebedeva and Nikita Nazarov, Ural College of Music, Russia. https://youtu.be/65LkNvmemwc
Noota Saxophone Duo plays my composition Slap Me at a cracking pace (Spain & the Netherlands)! Noota Saxophone Duo is a young and international duo formed by David Cristóbal Litago (Spanish) and Marijke Schröer (Dutch). Both saxophonist started their 'Master of Music'...
My composition Slap Me performed by Duo Saxophistique, Hungary. FUGA- Budapest Center of Architecture Night of the Museums, 2015.06.20 https://youtu.be/D1YOnrjAua0 FUGA- Budapest Center of Architecture Night of the Museums, 2015.06.20
My composition Slap me performed by Justin Kenealy and Anthony Vouliotis. Great to hear some of my former students! https://youtu.be/NqNssOc7x9c
As a composer it is always great to be played, but really great to be played well. Well done Bernie and Alex performing my composition 'Slap Me!'. http://youtu.be/cuuIdo141W4
My composition Slap Me Performed by Nessyah Buder and Jonathan Mills. Music from Down Under: The Australian Saxophone Friday, October 11, 2013 https://youtu.be/5mwlFU5u07g
My composition Slap Me performed by Patrick Olmos at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37N7CuaLNEw
Live performance in Scotland at the World Saxophone Congress of my composition Slap Me performed by Duo Kratos (USA) - Chad Tucker & Caleb Shannon. I was very pleased to hear this in person! Well done guys! http://youtu.be/SAAYkxgtbtM?t=7s