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James Aikman

James Aikman

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General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 22:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Non Sequitor Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown


1. Call and Response – 10:55
2. Refrains – 7:55
3. Waltz Rounds – 4:15


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Program Notes

Aikman’s Saxophone Concerto springs from the soil of two earlier works, Call and Response for alto sax and piano and his Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano. The opening doesn’t waste any time in setting a dramatic and declamatory mood. While its underpinnings are consistently tonal, Aikman draws upon a rich and complex harmonic vocabulary to excellent effect. There is metrical complexity as well, meters shifting effortlessly to produce an unsettled feeling in the music. Aikman’s palette of orchestral sounds is likewise rich, effectively drawing upon the harp and piano for their colors. One moment of particular delicacy occurs where the sax in its lower register is accompanied by sparkles from the highest register of the piano. The second movement (Refrains) and third (Waltz Rounds) provide contrast to the first, Call and Response, and the work ends surprisingly abruptly—I wasn’t ready for it to end, wanting to hear more of this sumptuous music! But you know what they say: “Leave your audience wanting more.” I can easily imagine this work becoming a staple in the saxophone repertory, especially given the fact that there is still no overabundance of first-rate concertos for the instrument.

- Program Note by David DeBoor


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State Ratings

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  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Bienen Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor; Taimur Sullivan, saxophone) – 26 February 2016

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