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Focus

Focus

Concerto for saxophone and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: saxophone and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Order No.: LS 6182-01

Description

The idea for Focus came from the world of the film camera. In the same manner that a camera concentrates on a single figure or object on film, my work also possesses a background (the orchestra) and a foreground (the solo instrument). I alternate the focus of my ‘sound camera’ slowly on one or the other. The saxophone has been very close to me since my childhood because it sounds like I’m singing myself. While composing, I was constantly searching for an individual voice for this work and the characteristics of this instrument. Saxophones feature frequently in my orchestral compositions and I’ve written a saxophone quartet, but Focus is my first work with the saxophone as a solo instrument.
– Peter Eötvös

Details
Auftragswerk : Jointly co-commissioned by WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Sinfonieorchester Basel and L’Orchestre National de Lille
Performance duration: 20' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2021
instrumentation: 2 (2. auch Picc. u. Afl.) · 2 (2. auch Engl. Hr.) · 2 (2. auch Es-Klar.) · Bassklar. · 2 - 0 · 2 · 1 · 0 - S. (I: Glcksp. · Rgl. · Beck. · Nietenbeck. · Tamb. [h.] · Vibra Slap · 2 Mar. [h./m.] - II: Vib. · 2 Cow-Bells [h./kl. Terz] · chin. Beck. [t.] · Snare Drum · 3 Cong. · Clav. [h.] · hg. Zeitungspapier [1 Bogen]) (2 Spieler) - Klav. (auch Cel.) - Sax. solo (Tenor und Sopran) - Str. (12 · 10 · 8 · 6 · 4 oder 6 · 5 · 4 · 3 · 2)
Performances
Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lille
2022-11-24 | Lille (France) | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
2022-02-16 | Basel (Switzerland), Stadtcasino | national Premiere
Conductor: Elena Schwarz
Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
2022-01-15 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz | World Premiere

The idea for Focus came from the world of the film camera. In the same manner that a camera concentrates on a single figure or object on film, my work also possesses a background (the orchestra) and a foreground (the solo instrument). I alternate the focus of my ‘sound camera’ slowly on one or the other. The saxophone has been very close to me since my childhood because it sounds like I’m singing myself. While composing, I was constantly searching for an individual voice for this work and the characteristics of this instrument. Saxophones feature frequently in my orchestral compositions and I’ve written a saxophone quartet, but Focus is my first work with the saxophone as a solo instrument.
– Peter Eötvös

Auftragswerk : Jointly co-commissioned by WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Sinfonieorchester Basel and L’Orchestre National de Lille
Performance duration: 20' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2021
instrumentation: 2 (2. auch Picc. u. Afl.) · 2 (2. auch Engl. Hr.) · 2 (2. auch Es-Klar.) · Bassklar. · 2 - 0 · 2 · 1 · 0 - S. (I: Glcksp. · Rgl. · Beck. · Nietenbeck. · Tamb. [h.] · Vibra Slap · 2 Mar. [h./m.] - II: Vib. · 2 Cow-Bells [h./kl. Terz] · chin. Beck. [t.] · Snare Drum · 3 Cong. · Clav. [h.] · hg. Zeitungspapier [1 Bogen]) (2 Spieler) - Klav. (auch Cel.) - Sax. solo (Tenor und Sopran) - Str. (12 · 10 · 8 · 6 · 4 oder 6 · 5 · 4 · 3 · 2)
Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lille
2022-11-24 | Lille (France) | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
2022-02-16 | Basel (Switzerland), Stadtcasino | national Premiere
Conductor: Elena Schwarz
Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
2022-01-15 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz | World Premiere