Muses’ Song Paul Dolden

The muses attended the festivals on Mount Olympus and entertained and inspired the Immortals with their wit and charm. Apollo would put aside his bow and play the lyre while the muses sang of the ending gifts that immortals enjoy.

In this work the saxophone replaces the lyre, but the dance and song of the muses continues.

The work is based on the variations of a single melodic idea. In the first half of the work the soloist plays these melodic variations surrounded by sweet sounding orchestration. In the second half the soloist continues with the same variations but is surrounded by a more aggressive percussion orchestra.

Commissioned by David Brutti (Italy).

  • Year of composition: 2015
  • Format: Mixed work
  • Instrumentation: Alto sax and tape (other saxes can be used)
  • Duration of the submitted work: 13:45

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