Michael Torke: July

This piece is written for saxophone quartet – I really like the sound this creates, the instruments blend well together.  It’s quite jazzy sounding, with syncopated rhythms and unusual harmonies.  For much of the piece there is a fairly continuous sound, with two of the saxophones providing a running melody contained within a fairly small pitch range. Over the top of this the baritone starts with a really catchy bass line, the soprano doesn’t have much of a melody as such but picks out key notes from the harmony.  As the piece develops, one thing that struck me was how expressive the different melody lines sound – there are a lot of soft accents on the off beat rhythms and crescendos/diminuendos through the long notes which is quite captivating.

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