Upper West Stomp, for saxophone octet

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Upper West Stomp, for saxophone octet

25.00

Duration: 5 minutes

Premiere: The Cortona Sessions for New Music, Cortona, Italy

 

Composer Note:

As a composer, I spend a lot of time thinking about the experience of listening to music. What will the audience hear? What will they feel? When I began writing "Upper West Stomp", however, I ended up writing for my experience as a composer more than as a listener. I had just finished writing a long, slow piece, and the New York City winter had been long and slow too. I was living in a tiny apartment on the Upper West side, spending most of my time by myself at a desk. When I found out I had the opportunity to write for eight instruments that could play extremely loud and fast, I decided I needed more of that energy in my life. In the end, "Upper West Stomp" reflects some of my emotions and my environment in chaotic NYC, and it also has some extra energy to get through it all. I hope you get some of it too!

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