Interplay for Piano and Tenor Saxophone by Arthur Houle
For Piano and Tenor Saxophone
This piecewas originally misconceived for French horn and piano. The sketch was about to be discarded in frustration when a friend suggested scoring it for saxophone and piano. Built on simple motives, the piece uses shifting meters (principally 7/8) and frequent modulations to propel its restless driving energy. Its jazzy character allows for a certain degree of improvisatory license. Generally cheerful, Interplay mellows towards the end, allowing the pianist a retrospective solo. After this interlude, a brief "feint" to its original upbeat mood interrupts the work's wistful conclusion in B Major.
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