Summer Summer : for saxophone, two voices and ensemble
by Connor D'Netto (2017)
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warm breeze, soft grass, sun
it's strangely quiet, the heavy air
the birds are calling somewhere else
mother says close the windows
before the rain
but, the smell of it -
how could I?
outside the clouds are
soft, white, gentle
looking down on worlds below
from crowded spaces
the humming, dizzying, sleepless -
a million pieces of black glass
peaking into other places
a small, well furnished room
overlooking crowded streets
warm tones, busy, bright
the distant din of social lives
unread books and paper piled high -
the room is rarely occupied
father says make sure you rest
but, there -
so much to see
verdant, expansive fields
it's perfectly quiet, for once
feeling time, it moves too fast
with every breath
outside the clouds are
flat, endless, grey
a backdrop to the worlds below
the sunsets aren't quite as vivid
peaking into crowded spaces
a bird is singing -
calling somewhere else
a small unfurnished room
yet to be filled with books and papers
the humming, sleepless din silenced
mother asks how is the weather -
it's raining softly
Instrumentation: Solo alto saxophone, 2 sopranos, flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, percussion (1 player), vibraphone, marimba, piano, 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass.
Duration: 6 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Bang on a Can.
First performance: 31 Jul 17. Bang On A Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), USA
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
minimalism, concerto, post-minimalism
Performances of this work
31 Jul 17: Bang On A Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), USA
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