The Undone years - Flood : concerto for tenor saxophone and wind ensemble
by David Keeffe (2010)
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This work is unusual as it exists in two forms "fire" and "flood", with largely the same material, but extreme difference in the orchestration. The terms "fire" and "flood" come from their different destructive effects, and the consequent effects of the different instrumentation. This version reveals the heavy, dark and overwhelming effects of flood.
The title of The Undone Years is a line from 'Strange Meeting' by the WWI war poet Wilfred Owen. Owen's poetry combines masterful poetic craft with the most unrestrained imagery and brings home his first-hand experience of the horrors of the Great War. The resulting work is of dark contrasts, exploring the idea of "what might have been", whether death and destruction or renewed life.
Duration: 25 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — The solo part is virtuosic and expects altissimo range and mutiphonics. The band parts are moderate.
Contents note: I. The undone years -- II. The old lie -- III. Spring wind -- IV. Legs as quick as lilac-shoots.
Commission note: Commissioned by Jason Xanthoudakis.
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