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Canfield: Five Lyric Pieces for Alto Saxophone and Piano
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Five Lyric Pieces began its life in 2000 as a song cycle
called Winter Solace, which was premiered at a festival of
Canfield's music given at the University of Central
Oklahoma in February of 2000. In 2012, the composer,
desiring to present a long-promised work to Dr. Otis
Murphy, Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University's
Jacobs School of Music, came up the idea of reworking
the cycle for saxophone and piano, in order to quickly
initiate a series of works to be written for this
renowned artist and teacher of the saxophone.
Consequently, both the vocal line and piano part were
reworked for Dr. Murphy and his wife. The present work
is not a flashy virtuoso piece, but is intended to
display the rich tone of the solo instrument. The dark
quality of the texts of the song cycle, dealing with the
subject of the death of children, is complemented by a
generally somber atmosphere in the music, but the set of
pieces ends on an optimistic note, reflecting the composer's
conviction of the continuation of life in eternity.
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