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Sawtooth : saxophone quartet

by Carl Vine (2023)

Work Overview

The audio waveform of a saxophone most closely resembles a sawtooth - a gentle undulation in one direction, but in the other it can cut steel. The sound is at once rough and smooth, and I wanted to dig into both ends of that tactile spectrum, from smooth subtlety through to gruff impactful energy. I must thank the patrons of the commission, Carmen Jarrett and Kathie & Reg Grinberg for their generosity, and the Nexas Quartet for thinking it was a good idea.

Work Details

Year: 2023

Instrumentation: 4 saxophones.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Nexas Quartet

Commission note: Commissioned by Carmen Jarrett and Kathie & Reg Grinberg

Performances of this work

10 Nov 23: The Neilson Nutshell, Sydney, Australia.. Featuring Nexas Saxophone Quartet.

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