Opus 627

Ancient Airs (2005)

for Soprano Saxophone

Duration: 9.5 min.

Dedication: for Paul Wehage

Publisher: Musik Fabrik

Performance materials available from the publisher.

Ancient Airs (2004) for solo soprano saxophone was written for and is dedicated to saxophonist Paul Wehage. It is in two movements, each with a spirit of “ancient airs” re-imagined in a modern context. They should always be played with a lyrical, singing approach.

Beyond the Mountain uses as its basic musical material a simple transformation of a modal melody in D minor. Gradually tones are added borrowed from other modalities. The opening section is slow and lyrical. The middle section is more active—contrasting the D minor chord tones with the added diminished tones of the first section. The final section recalls the material of the opening with a wider transformation.

Forgotten Incantation uses a wider modal language than the first movement. Although still generally slow and song-like, it is more energetic. Energetic gestures interrupt and drive the song narrative forwards.