Donald Sanborn III (1994)

Instrumentation: Do you really need to ask? Actually, yes. Alto Saxophone, B-flat Trumpet, and the following Percussion instruments: Snare Drum, Tambourine, Cymbals, and Maraca.

In a sense, this piece is an answer to my duets for oboe and piano. The melodies in the duets are fairly short. In this piece, I attempted to write melodies which could be sustained for a longer time. As for the relationship between the instruments, this piece is the opposite of the duets in that these instruments cannot be independent of one another; the texture is tightly woven.

The form of the composition is AABCA, the slow B and C sections providing a contrast in tempo to the fast A sections. The overall rhythmic feel of the piece is that of a tango.

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