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A Performance Guide and Recordings for Four New Works Featuring Improvisation for Soprano Saxophone and Various Instruments


Abstract This project’s goal is to expand the repertoire for soprano saxophone featuring improvisation. Each work detailed in this document features improvisation as an integral component. The first piece, Impetus, was written by Grant Jahn for soprano saxophone and piano. The second piece, Sonata, was written for the same instrumentation by Brett Wery. Ethan Cypress wrote the third work for solo soprano saxophone, Noir et Bleu. The final composition on the project, Counterpunch by Gregory Wanamaker, was written for saxophone sextet. This paper also includes composer biographies, program notes, performance guides, and composer questionnaires. The central component of this project is a recording of all these works which features the author.
Created Date 2018
Contributor Detweiler, Samuel (Author) / Creviston, Christopher (Advisor) / Kocour, Michael (Committee member) / Norton, Kay (Committee member) / Gardner, Joshua (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Performing arts / Commissions / Compositions / Improvisation / New Music / Saxophone / Soprano
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 82 pages
Language English
Copyright
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Music 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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Description Dissertation/Thesis
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Description Counterpunch for Saxophone Sextet, by Gregory Wanamaker
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Description Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, II. Adagio sognando – “Bluesy” andantino by Brett Wery
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Description Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, III. Danza ritmica, by Brett Wery
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Description Noir et Bleu for Solo Soprano Saxophone, by Ethan Cypress
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Description Impetus for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, by Grant Jahn
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Description Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, I. Allegro ma non troppo, by Brett Wery