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Paper Doll is a delicate piece which demands control, sensitivity and versatility from each performer in order to convey the child-like, innocent quality of the subtle motifs and melodies.
Written for the Lunar Saxophone Quartet, Paper Doll was composed as a deliberate juxtaposition to much of the current Saxophone Quartet repertoire.
As the title suggests, the music is child-like and playful in style, but very fragile and delicate. Almost entirely "sempre p" throughout, Paper Doll explores the use of different combinations of instruments within the ensemble. The use of silence and space in the music is a vital component to the ambience - the silences within the piece should be interpreted by the players as part of the performance itself, as it is the differences in texture which create the "brittle" fluidity of the music.
The continuously quiet dynamics and full use of the range of the instruments demands control, sensitivity and versatility from each performer in order to convey the innocent quality of the piece. Subtle motifs and melodies are intertwined, interlocked and exchanged between each part, ensuring that each performer has a vital part to play.
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