commissioned by Russell Kerns
ensemble soprano saxophone and piano
duration 10 minutes
written fall/winter 2018/2019
for Russell Kerns
Elisions is a collection of four contrasting parts that run together. The first is inspired by the music of Lachenmann, and begins with a very slow build that then sends the soprano and piano into a schizophrenic argument based on pitches buried in the opening gesture. The second explore the soprano’s beautiful lyrical altissimo capability - singing over an active piano texture. The third is a drone movement focusing on multiple tonguing and interruptions, and the last is largely inspired by Philip Glass and minimalism.