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Riesenschritte : for alto saxophone and pianoforte

by Andrián Pertout (2008)

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Performance by Noah Getz, Andrew Simpson from the CD Still life

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Riesenschritte : for alto saxophone and pianoforte / Andrián Pertout

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Work Overview

'Riesenschritte' for alto saxophone and pianoforte was commissioned by American saxophonist Noah Getz and represents a contemporary interpretation of John Coltrane's seminal work Giant Steps - the title track of the album 'Giant Steps', and a benchmark for most saxophonists. Giant Steps was recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, USA on May 5, 1959, and released on Atlantic Records in January, 1960. This particular recording features John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Tommy Flanagan (pianoforte) and Paul Chambers (contrabass). Coltrane was the "most influential and controversial tenor saxophonist in modern jazz", and the 'Coltrane changes'- a strategy of chord substitution utilized in the composition based on the 'augmented cycle' (CMaj7 [Bbm7, Eb7], Ab [F#m7, B7], and E [Dm7, G7]) - "created a harmonic revolution", and became a 'substitute pattern' applicable to any standard jazz chord progression. In The Jazz Theory Book Mark Levine points out that "although Giant Steps is a very challenging tune, its 26 chords (10 key changes equal to 11 tonal centres) are just V-I and II-V-I progressions in only three keys: B, G, and Eb."

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Noah Getz.. Commissioned by Noah Getz.

First performance: by Noah Getz — 13 Mar 09. Harold Clurman Concert Series, Stella Adler, New York, USA

Riesenschritte’ was commissioned by American Saxophonist Noah Getz and represents a contemporary interpretation of John Coltrane’s seminal work Giant Steps – the title track of the album ‘Giant Steps’, and a benchmark for most saxophonists.

Coltrane was the “most influential and controversial tenor saxophonist in modern jazz”, and the ‘Coltrane changes’– a strategy of chord substitution utilized in the composition based on the ‘augmented cycle’ (CMaj7 [Bbm7, Eb7], A" [F#m7, B7], and E [Dm7, G7]) – “created a harmonic revolution”, and became a ‘substitute pattern’ applicable to any standard jazz chord progression. In The Jazz Theory Book Mark Levine points out that “although Giant Steps is a very challenging tune, its 26 chords (10 key changes equal to 11 tonal centres) are just V-I and II-V-I progressions in only three keys: B, G, and Eb.”

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Performances of this work

4 Nov 14: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 Hall, 32nd Asian Composers League Festival & Conference 2014, Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan. Featuring Sumihisa Arima, Masahiro Tamura, Yoshihiro Tsuchiya, Masashi Kimura, Mayuko Ohno.

2 May 2010: at The Pulse of Power Pt. 1 (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Topology.

22 Aug 2009: at Melbourne Composers’ League (Conservatorium Recital Hall). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey, Barrie Webb, Anita Hustas, Peter Neville.

21 Aug 2009: at Melbourne Composers’ League (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Barrie Webb, Michael Kieran Harvey, Peter Neville, Anita Hustas.

13 Mar 09: Harold Clurman Concert Series, Stella Adler, New York, USA. Featuring Noah Getz.

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