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Sonata for alto saxophone and piano, Op 29

composer
1970

 
A well-known work in the saxophone repertory, this Sonata was written in 1970 and dedicated to saxophonist Trent Kynaston. It comprises two movements: I. Andante maestoso, and II. Allegro energico.

Muczynski’s compositional style is characterised by distinctive motives and texture. Melodic lines in the Sonata are strong, and express mood and atmosphere through undulating dynamic use of tonal range, warm expression and dark, brooding lyricism. His typically rhythmic and percussive writing in the second movement frequently exploits irregular meter to great effect, which, combined with his artful use of both dynamic contrast and the saxophone’s extended tonal range, creates great excitement and drive. His pieces are designed to highlight the artistry of the performer and remain sympathetic to the idiom of their particular instrument, while logical development and clarity of intention are traits of Muczynski’s concise and unpretentious writing.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2008

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Movement 1: Andante maestoso
Movement 2: Allegro energico

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