Quarter Tone Saxophone

Quintet in Quarter-Tones (24-EDO) - Stephen Weigel

This piece was born out of the feeling of an exotic road trip. Picture a mountain as you drive by: it's jagged and impressive, but also very regular and slow-moving. That's the feeling I hoped the ostinatos would capture. There are no traditional chords here, but lots of repetition. Individual repetitive parts will combine in as many different ways as texturally acceptable to "clash" within any given section, and different groupings are juxtaposed against one another. A "waiting" patience was often used as a musical motive for the more melodic-sounding ostinatos. Additionally, there were many textures where other parts echoed an eighth note later, and then two eighth notes later, etc. This was also a great ingredient for beginning slow texture changes in the piece (also common).

Performed in 24-tone equal temperament, on February 13, 2017.

HUGE thank you to the members of the ICE ensemble who played this piece for BSU's Spring 2017 In-Artist Residence!!

Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ryan Muncy, alto sax
Alice Teyssier, flute
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Michael Lormand, trombone




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