#100– June 21, 2021
Photo Credit: Bernard Martinez
MANHATTAN SKYLINE Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band
OLIVIER CALMEL (1974)
Manhattan Skyline, Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Band by French composer and pianist Olivier Calmel, is our Composition of the Week.
Originally written for symphony orchestra and premiered on January 17, 2015, by the Semper Fidelis Orchestra, under Ludovic Minne, with soloist Michel Supéra, to whom the work is dedicated. Later on, Olivier Calmel created a version for Wind Band.
Manhattan Skyline is composed in five short movements evoking the first impressions produced by the discovery and exploration of the city of New York.
The work has a duration of around 18 minutes and uses a standard wind band setting, including a piano and a double bass part.
The sheet music is available at La Fabrik’à notes.
View the score here:
Olivier Calmel received his education as a pianist and composer in Paris.
As a performer he is very active in the French jazz scene performing in many venues and festivals. His catalogue includes numerous works for orchestra, chamber music, vocal music, jazz, film music as well as educational compositions.
He shares his activities between composing and orchestrating music for films, commissions for contemporary orchestras and ensembles, as well as jazz music.
He teaches orchestration at the Paul Dukas Conservatory of Music in Paris. Olivier Calmel was the winner of the 2020 SACEM’s Award for Young Composers.
His works for winds include Radiance (Euphonium concerto), Call of Cthulhu (for four Horns and Wind Band), and Eau Vive.
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