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挽歌:神圣的白夜 Wǎngē: Shénshèng de Báiyè : for alto saxophone

by Katia Tiutiunnik (2018)

Work Overview

挽歌:神圣的白夜 Wǎngē: Shénshèng de Báiyè for alto saxophone is loosely based upon my previous composition, White Night for solo viola, which, in turn, is a transcription of the final piece of my cycle Who is like God?: A Cycle of Four Works For Violoncello. All three compositions comprise originally composed melodies reminiscent of Jewish music of the Eastern European ("Ashkenazi") tradition. These melodies were directly inspired by various transcendent states of ecstasy I experienced during the many "White Nights"(Beliye Nochi) I spent on the rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg, Russia during my sojourn there in June 2006. (The nature of the "White Nights" can be explained by the geographical location of Saint- Petersburg, which is located at 59 degrees 57' north. Due to such high latitude the sun does not appear to sink below the horizon deep enough for any darkness to occur.) It was while surrendering to one these mystical states - brought on, largely, by the sublime beauty of Saint-Petersburg enshrined, like a precious jewel, in the white summer night - that the melody of White Night came to me. It was at that point that I felt closest to God.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Jason Li

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Jewish music; Russian music; Near Eastern music

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