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Sonata (Study IV)

Sheet Music: Score

Sonata (Study IV) : saxophone, ‘cello and percussion / Simon Reade.

Also known as: Study IV

by Simon Reade (1999)


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This work, composed in 1999, was an experimental composition which utilised a number of ideas I had been working though at the time - especially concerning aleatoric techniques.

The work is composed for any saxophone in the keys of E flat or B flat. The work is constructed as a palindrome and so the harmonies created in the opening section are reversed in the closing section, thereby creating a sense of logic around the options presented to the saxophonist.

The central, cadenza like, section uses noise style sounds interspersed with the melodic fragments to give a sense of stillness, divorced from any sense of functional harmonic movement.

This work was revised (mostly in terms of the percussion part) in 2019 for saxophonist, Thomas McKay and I am indebted to my colleague Simon Barber for typesetting this early work.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 5 min.

First performance by Derek Grice, Greg Woodward, Ben Smart — Jun 99. Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music

Includes programme note.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Nov 19.

ISMN: 979-0-67311-367-1

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