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Dreams in Shadow : for alto saxophone

by Aristea Mellos (2018)

Work Overview

Dreams in Shadow was composed for the saxophonist Phil Pierick for a performance at the Miró Mallorca Fundació in Spain. Much as an artist may study a subject before commencing work on a canvass, this short solo work acts as a study of the saxophone and its contrasting musical personalities. The core material, a plaintive and ornamented melodic line is examined, picked apart, and eventually transformed throughout the piece. Its melancholic cry dissolves into silence, only to be replaced by a comical interlude and a demonic dance. There is no logic, much like the logic of the subconscious - the familiar resurfaces in warped forms, daring the dreamer to awake.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone .

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: "For my dear friend Phil"

Commission note: Commissioned by Phil Pierick for performance at the X Mallorca Saxophone Festival (2018)

First performance: by Phil Pierick — 23 Mar 18. X Mallorca Saxophone Festival at the Miró Mallorca Fundació, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A freely metered work for solo alto saxophone that explores its contrasting musical personalities: from the melancholic and lyrical to the comical and obessive.

Musical Study.

Performances of this work

9 Dec 2020: at Virtual NMC Presents: Phil Pierick (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Phil Pierick.

14 Apr 2019: at Faculty Recital: Phil Pierick, saxophone & Chris Mathews, piano (Gault Recital Hall (Wooster, Ohio)). Featuring Phil Pierick.

23 Mar 18: X Mallorca Saxophone Festival at the Miró Mallorca Fundació, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Featuring Phil Pierick.

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