Steven Bryant, Saxophone Quartet (2001)

Saxophone Quartet (2001), Steven Bryant

Rise is an entirely abstract piece of music, in that there was no extra-musical imagery or narrative structure present in my mind while I was composing the work. The music nevertheless has a clear direction, and its two movements form a logical aural progression. The contemplative, lush adagio of the first movement gives way to, or perhaps launches, the continuous, rolling, yet angular, motion of the second. Underlying this transformation of character is the common component of a repeated cycle of chords ascending in stepwise motion. Read more »

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