Sonata for Alto Saxophone (2016)
Alto Saxophone and Piano
First Performance: February, 11. 2016. T. Earl Hinton Music Hall - Middle Tennessee State University.
Paula Van Goes - Alto Saxophone, Daniel Bondaczuk - Piano.
The saxophone is an instrument which image and sound are very commonly associated with jazz. This Sonata has its influence on this genre. However, it was not developed as a collection of jazzy tunes for the saxophone, but as a contemporary multi-movement piece that borrows ideas from the jazz vocabulary within the context of contemporary classical music. “Bop” is a reference to the Be-Bop movement, and its highly improvisational character, with fast melodies and unpredictable rhythms; “Cry” is a mellow movement that explores the lyricism of the instrument; “Obsession” is a set of variations over a simple, repetitive, almost minimalistic theme; and “Swing” is a quasi-serial shuffle.