WASO takes on Bolero

Melville Times - - Front Page - Tanya MacNaughton

THE sax­o­phone may not be a per­ma­nent orches­tra in­stru­ment but WAAPA lec­turer Matthew Styles still gets a re­quest to per­form with WASO any­where be­tween five to 10 times a year.

“It’s an in­stru­ment that does get around, even though it’s not usu­ally a full-time part of it,” Styles said.

“There’s ac­tu­ally a lot of reper­toire that’s writ­ten for the sax­o­phone that adds some­thing quite unique and spe­cial to the mu­sic.”

The lat­est call up for Styles is for WASO con­certs Ravel’s

Bolero and Two Pi­anos at Perth Con­cert Hall on May 11 and 12, where he will play so­prano sax­o­phone in Bolero with sax­o­phon­ist col­league Erin Royer and tenor sax­o­phone in Prokofiev’s Lieu­tenant Kije Suite.

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Bolero is known to many from Torvill and Dean’s gold-win­ning per­for­mance at the 1984 Win­ter Olympics.

“Bolero is one of those pieces that has the most amaz­ing abil­ity to build from noth­ing to ev­ery­thing,” Styles said.

“You’re taken on a 12-minute jour­ney where ev­ery­thing starts so qui­etly, like the dawn of a day, and by the end of the piece you are rag­ing at night.

“It’s enor­mous and de­spite the rep­e­ti­tion to it, the way Ravel has writ­ten it, it never gets un­in­ter­est­ing. There’s al­ways some­thing else that comes.”

Style first per­formed with WASO more than 25 years ago be­tween teach­ing at WAAPA, UWA and at uni­ver­si­ties in the UK. His mu­si­cal jour­ney be­gan with learn­ing the flute while on a mu­sic schol­ar­ship at Perth Modern, but his at­ten­tion started to wa­ver when he heard his el­dest brother play the sax­o­phone.

“There was some­thing about the sound that I felt was more ap­peal­ing to more peo­ple and more styles of mu­sic,” Styles said.

“It was an in­stru­ment that grabbed me and was so en­dear­ing; it’s like the ev­ery peo­ple in­stru­ment.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d481858

Matthew Styles will per­form with WASO.

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