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Five Short Pieces


Five Short Pieces were composed during the winter of 2003–04 for the Apollo Saxophone Quartet who gave the premiere at the Brighton Festival on 7 May 2004. Lasting no more than two or three minutes each, each piece takes as a title an occupation or craft of the kind that might have been found in late medieval society. The first (The Archer) alternates key clicks with unison passages that gradually move into the foreground. Flickering arpeggios and a sturdy bass dominate the second (The Blacksmith), evoking briefly the flames of the Blacksmith’s fire and thud of his hammer. The spacious firmament can be felt in the slow solemn tread of the third movement (The Starwatcher) whilst in The Swordsman, the tricky rhythmic unison mirrors the cut and thrust of the art of fencing. Finally, a chorale-like final piece, placed in the richest registers of the saxophones, reflects the gravitas of The Pastor.

from notes by Peter Reynolds © 2010


SIGCD227Download only


No 1: The Archer
Track 4 on SIGCD227 CD1 [2'08] Download only
No 2: The Blacksmith
Track 5 on SIGCD227 CD1 [4'53] Download only
No 3: The Starwatcher
Track 6 on SIGCD227 CD1 [4'31] Download only
No 4: The Swordsman
Track 7 on SIGCD227 CD1 [2'19] Download only
No 5: The Pastor
Track 8 on SIGCD227 CD1 [3'29] Download only

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