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Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (Grant)

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General Info

Year: 2005 / 2012
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jams Grant Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Urgent - 6:30
2. Serene – 10:00


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Program Notes

Beyond doubt, the alto saxophone is among the most versatile of all instruments. As such, its capacity for expression—from refined lyricism to raw physicality—is especially well-suited to be the focus of a concerto.

Concerto for Alto Saxophone is presented in two movements. The first, marked Urgent, implores us to embrace and celebrate this very moment. The past no longer exists; the future never has existed. It is only in the immediacy of this moment—“right now”—that the quirky, always elegant intricacies of life play out. The second movement, marked Serene, meditates on the bittersweet adage “to everything there is a season.” The gnawing, seemingly endless melancholy of loss ultimately yields to a deep and welcome peace, a glimmer of hope that offers comfort and gently compels us forward.

Throughout the concerto, the alto saxophone is faced with technical and expressive challenges that highlight the remarkable flexibility of the instrument—and its player. The full-throttled, extroverted virtuosic romp of the first movement gives way in the second to towering waves of lyrical introspection.

Concerto for Alto Saxophone was commissioned by saxophonist David Stambler and the Margot Music Fund, in memory of Margot Bos Stambler. It is dedicated with the greatest respect to David Stambler, whose impeccable musicianship, genuine humility, and warm kindness have inspired this music.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

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  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor; David Stambler, alto saxophone) – 13 February 2016 – *Premiere Performance of this orchestration*

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