Spheres (duos: saxophone, harp)
by Melissa Douglas (2018)
Inspired by a misty Manchester winter, Spheres evokes a similarly veiled atmosphere through the haunting melodic fragments of the alto saxophone and contrasting harp ideas that swirl and evaporate. The ideas of the harp are for the most part distinct from the saxophone, rather than connected, which contributes to its disembodied nature. The title arises from the work's use of repetition, inversions and symmetrical patterns.
Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, harp.
Duration: 8 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Polaris Duo.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Colourful, spatial, expressive, rhythmically ambiguous, melodic
Performances of this work
11 Jul 18: World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.. Featuring Polaris Duo.
19 Apr 18: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, UK. Featuring Polaris Duo.
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