Sleepless in Overnight City
for soprano saxophone and CD (1994)
duration: 10’
GRT • 021

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Barry Cockcroft, soprano saxophone
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program note
This piece is in 3 main sections. The first represents the pace of city life and the activity spilling out onto its streets and side–walks. The middle section is set well after midnight. Walking though the city alone, one peers up at a skyscraper and a lone office light is still turned on – a small square of light on a large dark tower. The city is virtually dormant but somebody is still up there working? Perhaps. This section includes an improvisational solo which is structured to lead back into the final section, dawn, which depicts the city coming back to life again.

reviews
"Barry Cockcroft's saxophone made an aggressive brace of outings, first in Stuart Greenbaum's Sleepless in Overnight City, where catchy, boppy outer segments framed an impassioned quasi-improvised middle..."
Clive O'Connell, The Age, May 1996

"Sleepless in Overnight City is in a popular style with catchy tunes, The varied styles within the work as well as the interest created by the improvisatory nature of the work make it especially interesting for both the performer and the audience."
James Nightingale, Australian Clarinet and Saxophone, September 1998