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Snapdragonetti : saxophone solo

by Miriama Young (2023)



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Snapdragonetti : for saxophone / Miriama Young.

Library shelf no. 788.7/YOU 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece was originally composed during a time of media frenzy over America's initial attack on Iraq. Snow was falling in Princeton, physically trapping me in a tall apartment, while my connection with the outside world at the time - the TV - projected sensational stories and graphic images of far away places in turmoil. Gradually, I had this sense of becoming numb, as weather and war preyed on a creeping awareness of my incapacity to act in any tangible way. So, the music that emerged has a certain physicality, born of frustration and a sense of disenfranchisement: it is music rooted in the body, and composed for the body - dance-like, of heartbeat, breath, and sigh - a way to 'voice' when I couldn't speak. Snapdragonetti is the shortened, solo version of a work for saxophone and percussion, titled Snapdragon (2003).

Work Details

Year: 2023

Instrumentation: saxophone (any)

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — HSC

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Octotonic, Stravinsky, Louis Andriessen.


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