Moraine (1998) for saxophone quartet 9' [performed by Swinging Bovines]
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A moraine is a ridge of stones and debris, left in the path of a receding glacier. Moraine for saxophone quartet, is in one movement, consisting of ten contrasting but related sections. A cycle of intervals is constantly revisited, rearranged, and transformed, creating passages which either highlight the interplay of four individual voices or alternatively merge them together to form a composite unison timbre. The music explores some of the potential of the saxophone quartet – precision of articulation, nuance of sustained notes, tight ensemble playing, rhythmic drive and sheer energy. The work was premiered by the Swinging Bovines at the University of Calgary Saxophone Quartet Festival on October 8, 1998.