The undone years - fire : concerto for tenor saxophone with strings, piano and timpani
by David Keeffe (2010)
The undone years, fire : a concerto for tenor saxophone with strings, piano and timpani / David Keeffe.
Library shelf no. 784.72874/KEE 1 [Not for loan]
The title of The Undone Years is a line from 'Strange Meeting' by the WWI war poet Wilfred Owen. Owen's poetry combines masterful poetic craft with the most unrestrained imagery and brings home his first-hand experience of the horrors of the Great War. The resulting work is of dark contrasts, exploring the idea of "what might have been", whether death and destruction or renewed life.
Instrumentation: Solo saxophone, piano, timpani, string orchestra.
Duration: 25 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — The solo part is virtuosic and expects altissimo range and mutiphonics. The orchestral parts are moderate.
Contents note: I. The undone years -- II. The old lie -- III. Spring wind -- IV. Legs as quick as lilac-shoots.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Jason Xanthoudakis
Commission note: Commissioned by Jason Xanthoudakis.
The composer notes:
Compositionally, the work uses serial techniques but in a largely consonant soundworld.
- In the form/style of: Concertos
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