for Symphony Orchestra with Saxophone Quartet

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Duration: 8 min.

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I was working on this piece during a summer workshop in the island of Brač in Croatia. The white buildings crumbling in the bright sun reminded me of crumbling fossils of giant animals, and this image inspired the melancholy opening; the saxophone quartet plays a slow chorale, accompanied by step-like motion in the orchestra. From this texture emerges a lyric solo passage in the soprano saxophone. These two opposing elements are a key feature of this piece.

The piece was premiered at Manhattan School of Music’s Borden Auditorium on February 22nd, 2013. David Gilbert conducted the MSM Philharmonia.