Composer: Bough, Thomas
Instrumentation: Solo and Wind Band Instruments: Alto Sax
Genre: Contemporary

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Alto Sax solo with Concert Band; get your fingers moving with this fast paced Alto Saxophone solo commissioned by Greg Dewhirst and composed by Thomas Bough

“Burn” was first performed at the NASA Region IV Conference at Oklahoma State University in March of 2017 by Dr. Greg Dewhirst.  Numerous schools and professional players supported the creation of this exciting, playful work. 

The harmonic progressions found in the Bach Chorale “Christus, der ist mein Leben” are explored in a variety of musical styles in the form of a Rondo.  In each, “Burn” displays the technical virtuosity of the alto saxophone as it dances through shifting meters, blazing sextuplet runs, and even a latin section to bring to life this charming, 5 minute composition.  

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    I am deeply grateful to Dr. Greg Dewhirst for inspiring this composition.  Greg first heard my music at Texas Wesleyan University, who were generous enough to perform my “Concerto for Horn”, “Suite Tuba” and “Fortress of Peace” on the same concert under the baton of Prof. Christine Beason in March of 2015.  After the concert, Greg expressed interest in my music, and asked if I would be willing to write a piece for him.  Given his outstanding credentials, I was excited to do so.  When we began to discuss specific details of this composition in the Fall of 2016, Greg asked if we could have the music ready in time for his performance at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in March of 2017.  In fact, the world premiere was given on March 24, 2017 at the NASA Region IV Conference at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

    I took advantage of an unusually quiet December to create “Burn” for Solo Alto Saxophone and Piano at the end of 2016.  The music itself is constructed on a modified rondo form, based on the harmonic progressions of the J.S. Bach chorale “Christus, der ist mein Leben.”  At Greg’s request, the first version of this piece was for Alto Saxophone and Piano, although throughout the compositional process my intent was to score the accompaniment for band.

    I am deeply grateful for the following sponsors, who brought this music to life:

    Tarrant County College, Ft. Worth, Texas

    Texas Wesleyan University, Ft. Worth, Texas

    Downers Grove South High School, Downers Grove, Illinois, Craig Roselieb, Director

    Lyons Township High School, LaGrange, Illinois, Mark Dahl, Director

    Landon School, Bethesda, Maryland, Earl Jackson, Director

    Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, Sul Ross State University 



    More Information
    SKU CM3137
    Price 90.00
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer Bough, Thomas
    Instrument Alto Sax
    Instrumentation Solo and Wind Band
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 5
    Duration 7
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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