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Riesenschritte : for alto saxophone, violin, viola, pianoforte and contrabass

by Andrián Pertout (2008, this version: 2010)

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Performance by Topology from the CD Rishis and saints

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Work Overview

Riesenschritte for alto saxophone and pianoforte was commissioned by American saxophonist Noah Getz and represents a contemporary interpretation of John Coltrane's seminal work Giant Steps - the title track of the album 'Giant Steps', and a benchmark for most saxophonists. Giant Steps was recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, USA on May 5, 1959, and released on Atlantic Records in January, 1960. This particular recording features John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Tommy Flanagan (pianoforte) and Paul Chambers (contrabass). Coltrane was the "most influential and controversial tenor saxophonist in modern jazz", and the Coltrane changes (a strategy of chord substitution utilized in the composition based on the augmented cycle (CMaj7 [Bbm7, Eb7], Ab [F#m7, B7], and E [Dm7, G7]) "created a harmonic revolution", and became a substitute pattern applicable to any standard jazz chord progression. In 'The Jazz Theory Book Mark' Levine points out that "although Giant Steps is a very challenging tune, its 26 chords (10 key changes equal to 11 tonal centres) are just V-I and II-V-I progressions in only three keys: B, G, and Eb."

Work Details

Year: 2008, this version: 2010

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, violin, viola, piano, double bass.

Duration: 9 min.

Written for: Topology

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
John Coltrane's album Giant Steps ; Jazz.


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Performances of this work

4 Nov 14: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 Hall, 32nd Asian Composers League Festival & Conference 2014, Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan. Featuring Sumihisa Arima, Masashi Kimura, Mayuko Ohno, Masahiro Tamura, Yoshihiro Tsuchiya.

5 Jul 11: 2011 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Noah Getz, Adam Pinto.

11 Dec 10: An die Musik Live, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Featuring Andrew Simpson, Noah Getz.

12 Nov 10: An die Musik Live, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Featuring Andrew Simpson, Noah Getz.

2 May 2010: at The Pulse of Power Pt. 1 (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Topology.

14 Nov 09: Arizona University, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Featuring Noah Getz, Jeffrey Chappell.

22 Aug 2009: at Melbourne Composers’ League (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)). Featuring Anita Hustas, Michael Kieran Harvey, Barrie Webb, Peter Neville.

21 Aug 2009: at Melbourne Composers’ League (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Anita Hustas, Michael Kieran Harvey, Barrie Webb, Peter Neville.

13 Mar 09: Harold Clurman Concert Series, Stella Adler, New York, USA. Featuring Noah Getz.

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