Quatuor de Saxophones »
To the Daniel
Duration : 13 minutes
Saxophone Quartet » was composed in 1974, at Daniel Deffayets
request for his Quartet.
Its first public performance was given on 6 July 1974 within the context
of the International Congress of Saxophone which took place in Bordeaux
Since then it has been performed many times all around the world and was
recorded by several radios : in Tokyo, in Oslo, three times in Radio-France
It was also adapted for clarinet quartet.
This work is divided into five short movements, each distinctively characterized,
which have no particular connection with each other.
Rather than refering to any classical tradition, under the influence of
concrete and electronic music, they have in common that they above all
deal with sound material and tone-colour.
The music stretches out from the lowest to highest pitches.
Different manners to instrumentally support a note and make it last, either
while varying tone-colours, or thickening or slenderizing the sounds,
Generally speaking the character of this music is tense and causing anguish.
About this Quartet, the Norwegian music critic Bodil Johanne Jensen speaks
of a kind of « musical suspense ».
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