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on the edge

for alto saxophone and guitar

PDF Instant Download: Score and Parts


cover of a music score titled, Jupiter. dark starry background with image of the planet Jupiter

I wrote Fossil Light for an orchestration workshop in graduate school back in 2010-11.  The title was inspired by a line in a book where the author referred to starlight as "Fossil Light." Each movement depicts a different viewpoint of the light: the bold, intense sight at the source of the star, the faint, ages-old dots we see in the sky, and the traveling of the light particles in between.  ​Though score and parts are unfortunately unavailable, I'm always up for a commission! Please send me a note if you would be interested in collaborating! 

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About the Work


I completed Steps for tenor saxophone and wind ensemble in 2015.  At that point in time, Steps was the second movement of a two-movement work, That Takes Care 'a That (silly name for a dissertation!). Since then, I have decided to turn it into a stand-alone piece.  Below, you'll find the original score and sample recordings. Though revisiting a work that is a few years old can be a daunting task for a composer, there are some moments in Steps that I'm truly excited about developing more.  My goal is to complete the work by 2025. ​


Are you a saxophonist, conductor, or member of an ensemble that would be interested in being part of the process and premiere? Or, would you simply like to be among the first to know when the score and parts are available? Please let me know by filling out the form below.  I'm open to putting together a consortium, and I would much appreciate any help or feedback. 

Send me a note to be part of the process/premiere or to be the first to know when the score is available!

Thanks for your interest in Steps! Can't wait to wrap it up! Cheers - Laura

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Thanks for your interest in Road Through the Expanse! Can't wait to wrap it up! Cheers - Laura


Synthesized Recordings 

Steps - Synthesized - Excerpt1Laura M. Kramer
00:00 / 03:04
Steps - Synthesized - Excerpt2Laura M. Kramer
00:00 / 03:10


Program Note

When standing “on the edge” of a cliff in the California mountains, it is possible to observe a panorama of different terrains all at once.  Melting snow on top of distant mountains can be seen from one angle, while the seemingly endless desert comes into view at another angle. A glimpse downward reveals the greenery of sycamore and wildflowers sprouting between rugged rock formations.  Just as such a variety of scenery can be seen from this single viewpoint, “on the edge” similarly combines an assortment of motifs into one composition.  Though the individual gestures do not correspond to any particular elements of the landscape, I aimed to recreate the reflective, thought-laden headspace that hiking can cultivate.  In this way, recurring fragments constantly change and allow new themes to form.  Taking such rejuvenating excursions periodically throughout my doctoral coursework has yielded the inspiration for “on the edge”.

on the edge was commissioned by Duo Montagnard, and was premiered at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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