A deep clear breath of life
fantasia for E-flat alto saxophone and piano

John Plant
Composer
John Plant
Composition Date: 2013
Duration: 00:13:25
Genre: Woodwinds, + Keyboard, Saxophone

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Saxophone
  • 1 x Piano
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Programme Note:
My dear friend Peter Kovner commissioned this fantasia for saxophone and piano as a memorial to his beloved sister Kay. In it, I attempted to evoke something of the exuberance and the poignance of her life as I understood it. The music traces a path through the joys, playfulness, hopes, tribulations and torments of childhood, nostalgia, longing, melancholy, exuberant Dionysian abandon, frenzy, illness; and concludes with a sense of the radiant, courageous spirit which survives and which, perhaps, represents her true legacy.In the opening section, each of the sonorous minor sevenths in the lower resiters of the piano initiates a new stage of emergence into the awakening radiance of innocent childhood. The turbulent section which follows portrays the tribulations and torments caused by the cruelty of schoolmates, yielding to the melancholy of solitude.Kay's sojourn in Rome is evoked by an homage to Nino Rota, the composer of the matchless music for most of Fellini's films, including 'La dolce vita.' Peter expressed the wish that I would at some point pay tribute to my love of vintage Motown, which is why the work also includes an homage to Junior Walker; this is also a reference to the 1960s, a period which Kay - like so many of us - experienced with particular intensity. Neither homage involves any consciousquotations, but I enjoyed the challenge of integrating multiple styles and emotional states within a twelve-minute span. The work's title is taken from a moving e-mail I received from Peter.

Premiere Information:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boston University Concert Hall
15 Feb 2013
Jennifer Bill, alto saxophone. Yoshiko Kline, piano

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 5215 P713dee
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, + Keyboard, Saxophone
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 8, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    19 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    Parts page count: 9
    Parts
    9 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by Peter Kovner, in memory of his sister Kaye
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