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Morehead: Event Horizon for Saxophone Quartet [SATB]
Code: JP4013Grade: 8
Publisher: Jeanne Inc.
Event Horizon is a one-movement work with many different tempi. It is structured in four sections: slow and mysterious; fast; lyrical; and a final jazz-based section using multiphonics to expand the coloristic range of the quartet. The title "Event Horizon" refers to the astronomical description of black holes in deep space: black holes are of an infinite density emitting no light into the universe (yet we have been able to determine their existence). This work describes the action of matter disappearing or being absorbed into a black hole. Each of the four sections is absorbed into the "event horizon" or black hole, symbolized musically by a unison "d" which begins the piece and comes back in different guises and colorations between each of the sections. Event Horizon was commissioned by the Donne in Musica Festival, Fiuggi, Italy, and was premiered in Italy in September 1998. Colorful work for saxophones; duration approx. 6:30.