Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano

Composer
RICHARD LAMBERT Op. 36a
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The Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano was written in 2011, a transcription of the Bassoon Sonata Op.36. Lasting about 13 minutes, it has three movements: Vivo – Larghetto - Allegretto con spirito.

The first movement is free-ranging tonally, continually developing the initial saxophone material – a neo-Baroque motif with prominent use of a minor seventh interval. The time signature is continually changing, predominantly between 2/4 and 3/8, to give a highly-charged rhythmic, and perhaps unsettled, effect.

The central movement is expressive, melancholy and desolate. The rhythm is more regular here – largely a steady 6/8 flow, but harmonically, the highly chromatic style is almost atonal to enhance this forlorn atmosphere. The movement explores the entire range of the saxophone, and the piano accompaniment converses contrapuntally, sharing the numerous motifs with the saxophone. It concludes plaintively with reiterations of the saxophone’s initial four notes.

The finale reverts to a more relaxed, and uplifting, mood. The saxophone’s initial scalic motif also has a mock Baroque flavour. This originates from a solitary piano figure (bar 202) in the first movement. In fact, these outer movements have numerous melodic and harmonic links to consolidate a sense of overall organic shape. Ultimately, the whole movement derives from its very first bar, and constantly develops this material.


Score ID
181957
Composer
RICHARD LAMBERT Op. 36a
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
13 minutes
Instrumentation
Solo Alto Saxophone + piano
Genre
Classical music
Instrumental parts
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