Performance of the Month - Sunrise and Safari by Adam Gorb
To cheese or not to cheese, that is the question. I have been in Singapore during the famous School Band Contest time, when bands rehearse sometimes from November to April, often four times a week, usually a piece of school band music which every section will find easy enough for the school to gain a coveted Gold. For 2007, Adam Gorb wrote two pieces, with aleatoric passages of birdsong and trumpeting elephants and chattering monkeys. They may never be played again!
Commissioned by the Co-Curricular Activities Branch of the Ministry of Education, Singapore, for the 2007 Singapore Youth Festival. The ideal school or music centre motivational learning piece.
Programme Notes - Sunrise and Safari (2006)
This work consists of two movements which can be played together or separately. Both movements last around three and a half minutes.
The first movement Singapore Sunrise is intended for school bands, and is based on the Singaporean melody Ikan Kekek. It is characterised by a mysterious opening with early morning birdcalls on the woodwinds before the melody takes over and rises to a climax.
Night Safari is aimed at slightly more advanced bands and is a depiction of Singapore's world famous Safari park that can only be visited in the dark. I have tried to recapture the sense of excitement and danger as the wild animals are seen (or sometimes just heard) in their natural habitat. The piece is a sort of jazz waltz but with a lot of surprising sounds!
Sunrise and Safari was commissioned as the test piece for concert bands for the Singapore Youth Festival 2007