Stepping Out (1989), David Kechley

Stepping Out is a four-movement work for saxophone quartet in which each of the movements is based upon a back-and-forth stepwise figure. Thus the title, Stepping Out, describes the gradually changing state of being in those who experience the work and is similar to such expressions as "mellowing out," "stressing out," "burning out," "chilling out," or even "pigging out." Hopefully, at the end of the work one feels satisfied, but with the feeling that one "cannot take another step." Of course, Stepping Out also has many other meanings including that of "going out on the town," etc. This is also quite appropriate.