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for Alto Saxophone and Electronics

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Estimated Duration
11 - 15min

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Bird for alto sax & tape “Beauty will be convulsive otherwise
it won’t be” André Bretón
…I had the intention of using all the means and methods that
were available at that moment (1987) in the electro-acoustic
studio of Boulogne, France, where I worked composing a
work for instrument and tape. To achieve homogeneity, the
sound in the tape would have a tight relation with the
instrument, hence the sounds in the tape were taken almost
completely from the saxophone. The unity came from this
fact; the variety would come from the multiple sound that
the studio offered at the time (1987). The punctuation would
come from elements coming not from the sax, but available,
from an old analogic synthesizer, to concrete sounds of
multiple sources diversely filtered, transformed,
“saxophoned”…’ The piece establishes the interplay between
two extremes and their different intermediate degrees: the
affinity on one side and the antagonism on the other,
between the instrumentalist and the tape; sometimes a
dialogue with itself, like a mirror of the same saxophone;
sometimes a fight between both. Bird? You can’t escape the
great Charlie Parker and his high saxophone, who
revolutionized the way of playing this instrument. Also, in the
last section, there’s a reference to Olivier Messiaen and his
ornithology, just that in here, the bird represents the 
electronic “heavy bird”, a sort of malefic being who challenges the other bird: the saxophonist himself. Both form a metaphor of the duel between the “caged” bird, and the lively, free bird, who is the instrumentalist, keeper of spontaneity in his execution.
Alto Saxophone
Score Details
Format - A4 / US Letter
Pages - 20

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