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Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
by Yang, Minsuk, D.M.A., University of Cincinnati, 2014, 71; 3625865
Abstract (Summary)

Initially, my motivation for writing saxophone music started with curiosity about the saxophone's timbre rather than influence of jazz music or specific musical styles. I think composers' ideas of sounds are not always easy to realize because of the physical instrument's characteristics. For instance, in case of woodwind instrumental works, performers are occasionally confronted with difficult fingerings, long notes with fastidious articulation, tunings, rapidly leaping motions and so on. From this perspective, clarinet is an easier and satisfactory instrument for realizing composers' idea compared with other instruments and many clarinet works have been attempted successfully. The saxophone, as a single reed instrument, has not only the similar advantages of the clarinet's instrumental mechanism but also timbral characteristics mingled with wood wind and brass instruments. In fact, the saxophone has a complex harmonic spectra whereas clarinet's timbre consists of only odd harmonics.

In the work, the main compositional ideas are applications of short repetitive motive patterns using variation, diminution and extension. The first etude-like pattern appears in an easier register to articulate the saxophone's sonority. The orchestra performs not only material supporting the saxophone's passages but also contrasting ideas of melodic and rhythmic passages.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Helmuth, Mara
Commitee: Hoffman, Joel, Knehans, Douglas
School: University of Cincinnati
Department: Composition
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Concerto, Original composition, Saxophone music
Publication Number: 3625865
ISBN: 978-1-321-00236-2
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