for saxophone quartet (2015)

Score and Parts

by Texu Kim



Perusal Score


9 min


Premiered by Red Clay Saxophone Quartet at the 2015 SCI National Conference, 11/13/2015, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.


Commissioned by Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).


soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Program Notes

Inspired by a famous print Treppauf Treppab (Ascending and Descending in English, see the picture above) by M.C. Escher with the endless staircase on the rooftop of a castle, I decided to compose a piece exclusively with ‘descending gestures.’  The horizontal and vertical intervals vary to form a wide variety of sections from a simple descending idea or motive.  With them, I wanted to depict a person’s endeavor to escape from a system – would it happen eventually?