RM525e UndercurrenT Abbott SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM525e UndercurrenT Abbott SOPRANO SAX/PNO
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Composer: Katy Abbott
Composed: 2011 Duration: 11:40 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720119-82-3 Catalogue: RM525
Level: D Country: Australia

Program Notes

This work was commissioned by saxophone and piano duo HD Duo, Michael Duke - saxophone and David Howie - piano, with the assistance of Sydney Conservatorium of Music CD/DVD Grant.

Although the program of the piece could be likened to the unseen undercurrent of a creek or river, it is in reality, reminiscent of the movement and shift of human emotion and the old adage ‘still waters run deep’.

A thank you to Finnegan Abbott for his musical ideas and inspiration in the second section of the work.

Performance Notes

There is a section in the work for an improvisation/cadenza. The material used can be based on the pre-existing musical ideas already played in the piece and/or material further developed later in the piece that is not yet heard. The soloist is also welcome to play what is written in the score as an alternate to the improvisation. The duration of the cadenza may be extended if desired.

Piano pedalling should be as necessary where marked.

The opening of the work should be very still, in order to contrast with musical ideas to follow.

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