commentary to opus 81e

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Tre Pezzi for saxophone in E-flat solo, op. 81e (1979)

I. Monologue beginning

II. Contrasts

III. Presto


Première: may 5, 1988, Würzburg, Hochschule für Musik
Normand DesChènnes

Duration: 8 minutes

Publisher: Schott Music
ADV 7052 /
ISMN: 979-0-2063-0702-7

Conventus Musicus CM 105


A melody with wide-ranging curves opens, in very slow tempo, the first piece.
A motoric Presto section suddenly breaks the atmosphere. This is repeated - with varying emphases - several times in the course of the movement. A brief, lively coda concludes the Monologue.
In "Contrasts", different bird-call patterns are brought into play against each other, in a way like mobiles. Virtuoso runs, flutter-tonguing and rubato playing are important elements in the final Presto.

Bertold Hummel

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