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Canfield: Concerto after Khatchaturian (saxophone/piano)
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Concerto after Khachaturian for Alto/Soprano
Saxophone or Clarinet and Orchestra by
David DeBoor Canfield. This item (JP2155) listed on this
web page is the piano reduction and
solo saxophone part. The complete orchestra set is also
available. See the link for JP6042 below.
This concerto was, at the suggestion of Armenian
saxophonist Hayrapet Arakelyan, commissioned by the
State Youth Orchestra of Armenia to help celebrate the
25th anniversary of the independence of Armenia. Over
the course of many centuries, the country has been
invaded and oppressed by various people groups, and
consequently, Canfield has attempted to capture
something of the history of the country in the
present work, which is cast in the traditional three
movements subtitled “The Birth of Armenia,” “Faith and
Trials,” and the finale, “Celebration.” The solo part
may be either saxophone or clarinet.
Styllistically, the Concerto pays hommage to its
namesake, using figuration, melodies, harmonic sequences
and other things to suggest his style. There are places,
notably in the second movement, where Canfield has
sought more to portray events in the history of Armenia
than to model the music after any one composer. As in
other of his “After” Concertos, he has also allowed his
own compositional voice to emerge in certain places,
while seeking to produce a work that is organically
unified as a piece of music. Concerto after Khachaturian
was premiered by Hayrapet Arakelyan and the State Youth
Orchestra of Armenia conducted by Sergey Smbatyan in
Yerevan on October 6, 2016.
Total approximate duration 20 minutes.
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Canfield: Concerto after Khachaturian (saxophone or clarinet and orchestra)