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Ballad

Ballad

for alto saxophone and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: altosaxophone and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
I composed Ballad for alto saxophone and orchestra in 2016 for the legendary Japanese saxophone player Nobuya Sugawa. I wanted to use a more song-like style that brings out the full potential of the instrument. The work begins with a long meditation in search of happiness and peace. This facet of the piece elicits emotions reminiscent of sounds of the sea shore. In this way, I leaned towards the atmosphere of my previous compositions, Patara and ‘Gliese 581 g’ from the Universe Symphony, bringing out the saxophone’s particular colour palette. The end of the piece begins with a dance of compelling and dizzying repetitions beginning in 8/4 time and ending in 7/8. Fazıl Say
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by N. Sugawa, Tokyo
Opus: op. 67
Performance duration: 15'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 18. Juli 2016 Tokyo, Suntory Hall (J) · Nobuya Sugawa, saxophone · Dirigent: Miguel Harth-Bedoya · Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 2016
instrumentation: 1 · 0 · 1 · 1 - 1 · 1 · 0 · 0 - S. (I: Cong. · 3 Woodbl. · Oceanwaves · Frog; II: Trgl. · Bong. · Tenortr. · Bar Chimes · Guiro · Clav.) (2 Spieler) - Str. (8 · 6 · 6 · 4 · 2 oder 6 · 4 · 4 · 3 · 1)
Performances
Conductor: Kazufumi Yamashita
Orchestra: Chiba Symphony Orchestra
2020-08-01 | Narashino (Japan), Narashino Bunka Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Roberto Forés Veses
Orchestra: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
2018-10-13 | Hong Kong (China, People's Republic), HK City Hall Concert Hall — 20.00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Yuki Kakiuchi
Orchestra: Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
2017-10-26 | Kanazawa (Japan), Komatsu Urara — 19:00
Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Orchestra: Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
2016-07-18 | Tokyo (Japan), Suntory Hall — 14:00 | World Premiere
I composed Ballad for alto saxophone and orchestra in 2016 for the legendary Japanese saxophone player Nobuya Sugawa. I wanted to use a more song-like style that brings out the full potential of the instrument. The work begins with a long meditation in search of happiness and peace. This facet of the piece elicits emotions reminiscent of sounds of the sea shore. In this way, I leaned towards the atmosphere of my previous compositions, Patara and ‘Gliese 581 g’ from the Universe Symphony, bringing out the saxophone’s particular colour palette. The end of the piece begins with a dance of compelling and dizzying repetitions beginning in 8/4 time and ending in 7/8. Fazıl Say
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by N. Sugawa, Tokyo
Opus: op. 67
Performance duration: 15'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 18. Juli 2016 Tokyo, Suntory Hall (J) · Nobuya Sugawa, saxophone · Dirigent: Miguel Harth-Bedoya · Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 2016
instrumentation: 1 · 0 · 1 · 1 - 1 · 1 · 0 · 0 - S. (I: Cong. · 3 Woodbl. · Oceanwaves · Frog; II: Trgl. · Bong. · Tenortr. · Bar Chimes · Guiro · Clav.) (2 Spieler) - Str. (8 · 6 · 6 · 4 · 2 oder 6 · 4 · 4 · 3 · 1)
Conductor: Kazufumi Yamashita
Orchestra: Chiba Symphony Orchestra
2020-08-01 | Narashino (Japan), Narashino Bunka Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Roberto Forés Veses
Orchestra: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
2018-10-13 | Hong Kong (China, People's Republic), HK City Hall Concert Hall — 20.00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Yuki Kakiuchi
Orchestra: Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
2017-10-26 | Kanazawa (Japan), Komatsu Urara — 19:00
Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Orchestra: Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
2016-07-18 | Tokyo (Japan), Suntory Hall — 14:00 | World Premiere