Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (Ticheli)

From Wind Repertory Project
Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $325


1. Falcon Fantasy - 7:15
2. Silver Swan - 6:40
3. Black Raven - 5:30


Full Score
Solo Alto Saxophone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Drum Kit
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Block
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibraslap
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Falcon, swan, raven -- as my work progressed, avian thoughts grew stronger and stronger and eventually became a source of great inspiration and enjoyment. While the listener should not take the movement titles too literally, one may easily hear their evidence in the music. For example, the first movement is charged with enormous vitality and buoyancy. Rapid, rocket-like gestures suggest the falcon’s ability to swoop and dive at incredible speed. A “scurrying” middle section hints at animals trying to escape the falcon’s eye. The second movement suggests a kind of beauty that is at once tender, fragile, and mournful. Its title, Silver Swan, recalls the text of a beautiful madrigal by English Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons:

The silver Swan, who living had no Note,
When Death approached, unlocked her silent throat.
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
Thus sang her first and last, and sang no more:
“Farewell, all joys! O Death, come close mine eyes!
More Geese than Swans now live, more Fools than Wise.”

The belief that swans sing a beautiful song just before their death dates back at least to 3rd century Greece and has been referenced by artists throughout the ages. In ancient Greek mythology, the swan was considered a symbol of harmony and beauty.

The raven has long been used by artists as a symbol of terror, mystery, and the supernatural. My finale, while not related to any specific work of art from the past, does conjure the kinds of dark and fiery images traditionally symbolized by the raven. The music is alternately menacing, tempestuous, playful, mocking, and always on edge. The energy increases wildly to the end, exploding in a roller coaster of sound and fury.

- Program Note by composer



State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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