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In the First, Spinning Place

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Hilary Tann

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General Info

Year: 1999 / 2000
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Saxophone and orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

In the First, Spinning Place was premiered by Debra Richtmeyer and the University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra at NASA 2000.

After a slow introduction, each of the three interlinked movements carries a subtitle from Fern Hill by Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas: “Down the rivers of the windfall light,” “And the sabbath rang slowly / In the pebbles of the holy streams,” and “In the first, spinning place.” The first section of the concerto is a light, dancing movement, the second section contains echoes of Welsh hymnody, and the third section is a fast, scherzando finale.

The alto saxophone and piano version (commissioned by the Illini Saxophone Club, 2009) was premiered by Debra Richtmeyer and leng-leng Lam July 8, 2009, at the WXV World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.

- Program Note for orchestral version from composer website


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Knighten, conductor; Stephen Page, saxophone)– 15 March 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor; Stephen Page, saxophone) – 9 December 2018

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