Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saxophone Music

I've always wanted to write something for the saxophone, but never followed through with it.  This stems mostly from the fact that I can't play the saxophone.  Also, I am not that great at notating or transposing it (I should have tried to retain more of that from orchestration class in college).  However, I was approached by saxophonist, Carl Wiggins, to compose a piece for him that would be played at one of his doctoral recitals.  I happily agreed because I knew what a great guy and talented musician Carl is.  I also thought this would be a good opportunity to brush up and improve on generating musical notation for a transposing instrument like the baritone saxophone.

The piece is called "Steven and Stefan Versus the Twin Peaks Massacre in Hell".  It is written for baritone saxophone, piano, drum set, and electronics.  If you are familiar with the television shows Family Matters and Twin Peaks, then you have an idea of the alternate reality I want the music to take place in.  Basically, Steve Urkel and his "cool" alter ego, Stefan, are able to co-exist simultaneously.  They have been dispatched to an even darker and more deranged version of Twin Peaks where they have to embrace the bizarre and do battle.  Hilarity and violence ensue, haha!  If anyone out there enjoys Twin Peaks and Family Matters as much as I do, I'd love to see you produce a mash up video that could accompany this music!

The piece will be premiered sometime in April.  After that, I plan on getting a proper recording and making the score available to other interested saxophonists.

I'll post a sample at some point soon.  For now, here is a screen shot of the first few bars of the score.  It's a straight port from Pro Tools, so there are no markings for dynamics and the saxophone has not been transposed.


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