Australian Made: The Creation of New Australian Classical Saxophone Music
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Australian classical saxophonists advise that an Australian ‘language’ is emerging in the saxophone repertoire. This is a vital issue to practitioners yet little scholarly research has been conducted in the field. This article begins to fill this lacuna by bringing together the ideas and opinions of leading Australian classical saxophonists with regard to Australian music and live performance repertoire. Drawing on data collected from interviews, it has been revealed that the creation of new Australian music forms an essential part of the ethos of those interviewed. As practicing musicians, they actively strive to create, promote and engage with new Australian music. The resulting relationships with composers provides a sense of purpose and satisfaction to these musicians. Further, in networking within the global classical saxophone community, Australian saxophonists disseminate the compositions of Australian composers, facilitating the works’ inclusion in the global canon of classical saxophone music (CSM). The music becomes a vehicle for collaboration and self-expression that fosters and promotes a sense of national Australian identity. Through the ongoing partnerships between composer and performer Australian saxophone music is constantly evolving, resulting in innovative and distinctive contributions to the global CSM repertoire.
ERAS: Humanities Through the Ages
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