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on the edge (2012)

for alto saxophone and guitar
10 minutes

Program Note

 

When standing “on the edge” of a cliff in the California mountains, it is possible to view a panorama of such a vast range of terrain.  There is the melting snow on distant mountains at one angle, the seemingly endless, arid, plain of desert speckled with sage and chaparral at another, while a glimpse straight downward reveals greenery of sycamore and wild flowers, sprouting between rugged rock formations.  As this view is composed of so many different dimensions, “on the edge” similarly combines fragments and jagged melodies into one complete whole.  Though the individual motives do not correspond to any particular elements of the landscape, I aimed to recreate the reflective, thought-laden nature that hiking can have.  In this way, the recurring fragments constantly change and allow new themes to form.  Taking such rejuvenating excursions periodically throughout my doctoral coursework have 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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