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SONATINE SPORTIVE Op.63

SONATINE SPORTIVE Op.63

 
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Composer:Tcherepnin, Alexander (1899-1977)
Instrumentation:sax/A. pft.
Publisher Ref:AL20090
A three movement sonata which depicts a boxing match and a race either side of a half-time rest.

Price: £16.99
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Skill Level:D
Duration:6'45
Publisher:Leduc Editions Musicales
Year of Issue:1943
ISMN:M046200908
ISBN:none specified
"In our home, music was religion" Alexander Tcherepnin remembered of his childhood. By the age of 15 he knew enough to have composed symphonies and numerous piano pieces and concertos. At 18 the family fled St Petersburg and the Russian Revolution for Tbilisi in Georgia where he continued his studies and began to evolve his own composing technique based on the "major-minor tetrachord" which evolved into the nine tone "Tcherepnin Scale". By 25, he had published over 30 compositions, having moved with his family to Paris four years earlier to escape Communism. Paris was to be the base from which he launched an international career as a pianist and composer, which took him all over Europe, the Middle and Far East and ultimately to the United States where he settled in Chicago for 15 years to teach before retiring to New York to compose.

This work is listed as 'Op.63 Sonatine sportive for alto saxophone or bassoon and piano' and is dated 1939. The composer explains that each of the three movements is intended to adapt to music the surprise elements of sport. The first movement 'Lutte' (Boxing) depicts a bout in which the soloist starts as aggressor by trying to reach the piano's D which retreats to C. The piano fights back when it arrives at A flat and turns the tables on the soloist, or does it? The audience as umpire decides. 'Mis-temps' (Half-time) is the larghetto second movement and "represents the rest that two players are taking in the midst of a competition. The finale 'Course' (Race) is in the form of a canon with the shortening distance between the two contestants represented in time by a reducing number of bars and in pitch by reducing intervals. "In this case there could be no real winner and no real looser."

  • I - Lutte (Boxing) - The pianist and saxophonist 'defend' various notes from 'attack' by the other - the audience decides who is the winner.
  • II - Mi-temps (Half Time) - "...the rest that two players are taking in the midst of a competition."
  • III - Course (Race) - The saxophonist starts with a lead of 2 bars & a minor third, in pitch. This lead diminishes in time & pitch until the piano catches the sax. or does it?


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