Instrumentation: saxophone trio (ATB)
Score Example: Out on the Edge
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.