Pillars

for alto saxophone, piano (2014)

Performance Score

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by Osnat Netzer

$24.00

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Description

Perusal Score

Duration

6 min 30 sec

Premiere

PDF license covers two (2) copies for performance

Commissioner

Commissioned by Geoffrey Landman for the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Conference.

Instrumentation

alto saxophone, piano

Program Notes

Pillars was commissioned by Geoffrey Landman for the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Conference. It was composed in Cambridge, Massachusetts and completed in January of 2014.

I wrote Pillars after a year-long hiatus from composing. This hiatus, and my transition into becoming a faculty member at Harvard the previous September led me to reassess my own compositional pillars. I realized that those pillars can be diluted to four features:

a) Idiomatic use of instruments and tailoring the piece to the performer’s abilities, tastes and personality.

b) Abstract and concrete Voice-Leading: smoothly maintaining line of musical thought, and concretely maintaining a linear continuity of pitches.

c) Abstract and concrete Counterpoint: the layering of many meanings on one another, and the layering of musical ideas, each maintaining independence, but also communicating with one another.

d) Play with groove: one of the features that is most appealing to me when I listen to music is a play of rhythms against a steady beat. For me, the steady beat can be almost hidden from plain hearing, as long as the music corresponds with that beat, conspiring against it while complying to it.

— Osnat Netzer