brevis for saxophone
(E-flat alto) and piano, op. 95a (1991)
Première: October 28,1993 / Fürth / Schloss Burgfarrnbach
Andrzej Rzymkowski / Gottfried Rüll
Publisher: Schott Music
ADV 7036 / ISMN: 979-0-2063-0687-7
Musicus CM 105
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work in three movements was written in 1991 at the suggestion of the Canadian
saxophonist Normand DesChênes.
The character of the opening movement
is determined by the sonata form with two themes. The first theme takes on, in
the course of its development, a jazz-like diction. In contrast, the second theme
has the character of a ländler. As the movement continues, interactions
and contrasts between the two themes create charming moments.
movement, Sostenuto, has the form of an arch. Above a pedal-point,
the melodic material of the movement is presented. Arioso, chorale-like episodes
alternate with recitative-like insertions. At the medial section of the movement,
the Gregorian hymn "Veni creator spiritus" is heard - played
by the saxophone. A substantially reduced reprise closes the movement in extreme
The final movement, Presto, with its variable
metrical structure, has a rondo-like character. Three different musical ideas
emerge and are tossed together into a colourful mixture. A terse Stretta
concludes this playfully virtuoso movement.