Out on the Edge (1989)

Instrumentation:  saxophone trio (ATB)

Score Example: Out on the Edge

Duration: 3:00

Commissioned by The Trio, a faculty ensemble at Florida State University

Premiered at the University of Louisville Saxophone Institute; Louisville, Kentucky; August 18, 1990.

Published: by Dorn Publications

Notes:  The one-movement piece is in ABA form; a lyrical slow section is framed by fast, motor-rhythmic outer sections. The basically-tonal harmonic material is colored by whole-tone configurations.  The title refers to a place (the “edge”) that is both physical and psychological. The constantly changing meter of the outer sections suggests an attempt to keep one’s balance, while the atmospheric middle section has a vague, searching quality.

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