Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close: Fantasy on a Theme of Barney Childs

Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close: Fantasy on a Theme of Barney Childs2018-10-13T20:42:01+00:00

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Tenor Saxophone and String Quartet
1981
22 min.

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Ramon Ricker, Tenor Saxophone; Bel Canto String Quartet
On the album Eastman American Music Series Vol. 2 (1997)

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Barney Childs was my mentor and then friend from the early 1970’s until his death in the late 90’s. His music is fragmentary, elliptical, enigmatic. I always found something to like in his work – ideas that had a quality of compression and real potential. Such is the case with the “thematic” fragment that I borrowed from his solo piano piece “Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close.” In my fantasy the theme explodes into a virtuoso tenor sax extravaganza. This is “Classical” music but with strong reference to bebop. The string quartet parts are demanding and require a seasoned and committed ensemble.

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