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Canfield: Five Mangled Expressions for Alto Saxophone and Horn
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Five Mangled Expressions for Alto Saxophone and Horn
was written in eleven days between
April 8, 2012 and the following May 6th. Saxophonist, Stacy Maugans,
requested the instrumentation of the work, desiring to have music for her
and one of her colleagues on the faculty at Valparaiso University.
The title of the work was selected before a note of the work was written.
Initially, Canfield was going to set several common English expressions,
for example, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” After
reflection, he decided that it would be more fun to write a piece based
on mangled expressions, all of which are humorous combinations of
parts of two well-known expressions. There are a few jokes unrelated to
the expressions during the course of the work, such as the not-so-subtle
quote in both instruments of the famous horn solo that opens Strauss’
Till Eulenspiegel and the “silent” ending of the piece.
The work comprises five short movements in a pattern of
fast-slow-fast-slow-fast. Movements two and four are parallel in that each
features one instrument, the saxophone in movement two and the horn in
movement four, in a solo capacity, with the other instrument utilized in
mainly accompanimental fashion. In the other movements, the two
instruments are equal throughout, and alternate in melodic and virtuosic
The set includes a score plus individual parts for each of the two
instruments. Total duration is approximately 10 minutes.
The music is recorded by Stacy Maugans, saxophone, and
Ericka Tyner Grodrian, horn. See CD4004 listed below.
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