Urban Bird

URBAN BIRD (1993) 20'

Theodore Presser; ASCAP
concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra
alto sax.2(1).2(eh).2(bcl).2-
Comm. and prem: 4/93 The Women’s Philharmonic, San Francisco, CA

"It is very late at night. Imagine a deserted subway platform in New York City; a street musician playing solos in the dark... he has heard plenty of Charlie Parker and more than a little John Coltrane... he is playing his heart out for no one but himself. Imagine trains roaring through the station frequently drowning him out. Imagine that he not only continues playing but that he integrates the sounds of the trains into his solos. His music transforms the dingy cavern into a magic place. Commuters rush into the train which tears away into the dark tunnel. When quiet returns, the musicians' notes forlornly drift down around him."
-Ann Arbor Symph.
"As close as an instrumental piece can get to an actual opera... Incredibly effective." -San Francisco Bay Times

Posted: Sep-28-2013
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