Elliott Carter, Canonic Suite (1945, revised 1981)

Canonic Suite (1945, revised 1981), Elliott Carter

The Canonic Suite for a quartet of alto saxophones is a revision made in 1981 of the Suite for Quartet of Alto Saxophones. It was awarded a prize in 1945 by Broadcast Music, Inc. and was first published in that year. The Fanfare is a canon in four parts at the unison. The Nocturne is a four-part canon in inversion (saxophone 2), retrograde (saxophone 3), and retrograde inversion (saxophone 4). The Tarantella is a four-part canon at the second above.

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