| concerto for tenor saxophone
Instrumentation: Tenor Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra (1,1,1,1 ; 1000 ; pno ; strings)
Commissioner: Justin Rollefson
Year Composed: 2017
Highlights from Concerto for Tenor Saxophone, with soloist Justin Rollefson.
Arizona State University. Videography: Justin Rollefson
My music frequently aspires to get ‘lost’ amidst a journey. I enjoy the sense of tenaciously going after the unknown and meditating in the newfound spaces. Concerto for Tenor Saxophone is a collection of three such journeys, each with their own character and extra-musical connotations. The first movement, “Changes,” is a play on the ever[evolving topography of the land as well as the colloquial use of the word in jazz music. The second movement, “Cease Fire,” is a collection of two worlds at odds with each other struggling to coalesce. Lastly, “Tinge (Don’t Look Down)” is a, at times, manic celebratory shout of joy; finding beauty and worth even amidst fear and terror.