I am just coming back from the 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance conference in South Dekota, to premiere my sonata for alto saxophone and piano. It was a lot of fun to have taken this piece I wrote in November and sharing it with an audience. There was a lot of saxophone music, listening to lots of new pieces and saxophone quartets and things, but there was one cool piece for alto saxophone and violin: David DeBoor Canfield's "Duo alla Paganini for saxophone and violin," which was a premiere performance. I think the cello would match better with the alto saxophone, but the piece was well executed anyway. It had a very Mozartian sort of style but with the caprice-like nature of Paganini. Very fun to hear at least a little violin everywhere I go, and gets me ready to go back to practicing (I'm starting the Nocturne in Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto this term!) when we get back home! Tweet
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