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The. Evidence : saxophone quartet

by John Bostock (2001)

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From the CD When thou my love who

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When thou my love who / John Bostock.

Library shelf no. CD 1458 [Available for loan]



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The evidence : for saxophone quartet / John Bostock.

Library shelf no. 785.8714/BOS 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

 This work investigates the way in which rhythm articulates melody, taking these relationships to an extreme in which the fundamental nature of the original thematic material is finally obliterated. In The. Evidence serial techniques refined in previous pieces have been used to justify an ironic juxtaposition of thematic materials.

Not one of the three themes is original. The original work of the piece is the 'intermodulation' of one theme by the other. The themes: Bach's Musical Offering, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and Thelonius Monk's Evidence, have been treated with a form of ironic disdain. I was aiming for qualities of roughness, and the fracture of accepted norms and forms, which would express a break with the generally accepted values of the classical canon.

In a saxophone quartet the jazz influence could not go un-remarked. 'The. Evidence' pays homage to Thelonius Monk in the title where 'The.' is an abbreviation of his first name, and in the quotation of a jazz arrangement of 'Evidence' at the end of the work. The work is dedicated to the memory of the great Australian pianist and saxophonist Roger Frampton, who recalled the work of Monk in compositions such as And Zen Monk.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Saxophone Quartet: Soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — incorporates extended techniques

Dedication note: Dedicated to Roger Frampton

Commission note: Commissioned by Arie Shapira for the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet.

First performance: by Pierre-Stephone Meuge, Gan Lev, Vincent Daoud, Serge Bertocchi — 31 Jul 03. Paris

Performances of this work

31 Jul 03: Paris. Featuring Pierre-Stephone Meuge, Gan Lev, Vincent Daoud, Serge Bertocchi.

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