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Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax
Composed for Saxophone Quartet (SATB), this piece is in 3 movements:
I. Billy Boy
II. A Story That Has No End...
III. A Frog Went a-Courtin'
Many of the immigrants who settled in the Appalachian Mountains of the American southeast came from the British Isles. They brought with them folksongs that evolved, over long periods of time, into favorite American songs. John Jay Hilfiger has used three of these songs as the basis for the three movements of this work. The settings are not in typical folksong style. Instead, each tune is treated in a unique way, expanded upon, and shaped in an idiomatic way for the instruments. The result is a work in which the superposition of familiar tunes with unexpected contrasts offers a new perspective on well-known melodies that are shared among all the players.
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