Terra Incognita (1988)

Instrumentation: alto saxophone and piano

Score Example: Terra Incognita

Duration: 10:00

Commissioned by Jean Lansing

Premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional IV Meeting; University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas; March 4, 1988.

Published: by Dorn Publications

Recording: Carolyn J. Bryan, alto saxophone; Karla Rocker, piano

The title means “Unknown Territory” as was used to describe uncharted areas of the world on early maps. In addition to the geographical connotation, the work may evoke a voyage of discovery into the inner landscape of the psyche. The piece utilizes various timbral possibilities of the alto saxophone and piano, including glissandos, timbral trills, and “inside the piano” work.

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