Aaron Wyanski

composer, pianist, educator

Still Instruments

 

For saxophone quartet

2016

8’30”

This is my personal elegy to Paul Bley, Pierre Boulez, and David Bowie; three monumental musicians who passed away (in alphabetical order) in January of 2016. The collective loss hit me hard and, in part because of the wide stylistic scope covered by their combined oeuvre, felt like a symbolic closing of 20th century music. Still Instruments makes no attempt to move out of that uncertain emotional space, but instead attempts to cultivate the sense of openness that sometimes accompanies tragedy as a small consolation.

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