saxophone quartet

for soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones.

difficult. Exploits altissimo register for all instruments, changing time signatures, very dissonant.

ca. 12'


This was my first truly substantial piece, written soon after I had started studying with Larry Bell. Now I rarely write anything without knowing who is going to be playing it, but then I just felt like writing a saxophone quartet, despite the fact that I didn't know anyone in a saxophone quartet. I finally found people to play it after joining Anti-Social Music in New York. While this work is rather different from much of what I write now — for example, I'm less interested in using traditional forms than I was back when I started doing this whole composing thing — there are still plenty of Andreaisms: dissonance with humor, rock/jazz/funk rhythms, sharp contrasts, and the like.

soprano sax.
alto sax.
tenor sax.
baritone sax.

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