Hi Gary, I like the 1st and 3rd movements of this, especially the fast runs in the last movement. The second movement threw me a little, the repeated 2 note riff sounded like one of those gestapo sirens in an old war movie. You know, when the townspeople are huddled in hiding somewhere and they hear that siren approaching in the night.
I like the combination of instruments though and your writiing is always interesting. Thanks for another treat from the sax-meister! John
wow - I enjoyed the unfettered, unleashed energy of your new piece. That could make for a fascinating live concert.
The comparison of the second movement's repeating figure to a European Claxon was perhaps a bit harsh, but I do understand where the comparison came from. Gets under the skin - but likely in a way you intended.
I really admire your adventurousness, Gary - Thanks for this.
Thanks for listening, Randy.
I often write with subconscious motives.
The 2nd movement was a setting for the bari solo. I was modeling it on the bassoon solo in Petruska: the eerie feeling of dark space surrounded by sounds of stress(tremolos.)
Which reminds me of the story about a Symphony player who finally retired after 30 years of playing 2nd 'fiddle' parts.
He bought a used c-melody sax and moved to Paris..
He rented an upstairs cheap apartment, and spent days & weeks playing all the songs he knew.
After doing this for a time, he came to the bridge of this song & couldn't remember how it goes. He immediately jumped out of the window, falling to the street below. As he was sprawled out on the pavement and heard the sirens, the bridge became clear.