Symphony No. 3 ("Brevis") (2019)

Christine Rall of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet conducts a rehearsal for the first performance of the opening movement of Symphony No. 3 in Rendsburg, Germany (June 2019).

Christine Rall of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet conducts a rehearsal for the first performance of the opening movement of Symphony No. 3 in Rendsburg, Germany (June 2019).

Instrumentation: saxophone orchestra (two soprano saxophones, four alto saxophones, two tenor saxophones, two baritone saxophones, one bass saxophone)

Duration: 18'

Dedicated to: Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, in memory of Kenneth Coon

Movements: 

  1. Metamorfosi di fantasia

  2. Soliloquy

  3. Double

Program Note:  

Symphony No. 3 ("Brevis") was requested by and dedicated to the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet on the occasion of their 50th anniversary season and in memory of Kenneth Coon. The first movement presents rhapsodic variations on a group of harmonic ideas presented near the onset of the symphony through a variety of tempi and emotional qualities. A solo baritone saxophone assumes the concluding pitches of the opening movement and unfurls a brief intermezzo-like soliloquy while the remaining members of the orchestra are silent. The last note of this quasi-cadenza suddenly becomes the starting point of the finale, comprised of alternative variations on the motivic/harmonic materials from the opening movement (much in the tradition of the Baroque suite double).

The first performance of Movement I occurred on 10 June 2019 in Rendsburg, Germany, followed by a performance on 29 June 2019 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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