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Elements for Saxophone Quartet

Composer

Sy Brandon

Year of composition

2013

Publisher

Sy Brandon

Difficulty

Moderate (Grades 4-6)

Duration

10 minutes

Genre

Modern classical music

Instrumentation

Saxophone quartet

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(SATB or AATB) "Elements" and is designed to musically portray the essential nature of the Classical Greek elements, fire, water, air and earth and their astrological implications. The first movement is Fire whose essential nature is strong and controlling. The music contains a lot of forceful sections, primarily in a homophonic style. The water element’s chief characteristic is sensitivity, therefore it is in a slow tempo and is lyrical and harmonically rich. The chief characteristic of the air element it is changeable, therefore this movement is filled with contrasts of texture, dynamics, articulation, meter, tonality, and orchestration. This last movement represents the Earth element whose main characteristic is stability. To represent stability musically, a lot of ostinatos were used. This work was commissioned by the h2 quartet.

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