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Klezmer Holiday (2011)

for for S*ATB Saxophone Quartet (*Optional B♭ Clarinet), Grade 5
Approximate Duration: 4:30
Premiered December 13, 2011 by the McNeil High School Saxophone Ensemble at the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s 2011 Holiday Singalong Pops Concert, Riverbend Centre, Austin, Texas.

Program Notes

“Klezmer Holiday” was written for the McNeil High School Saxophone Ensemble’s performance at the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s December 2011 Holiday Singalong Pops Concert. With a Jewish member of the group, I wanted to be sure to represent him and his background amongst all of the Christmas music.

The piece is very fast and energetic and features original melodies mixed with other traditional Jewish tunes, such as “Hava Nagila”. It opens with a very free improvised solo by the soprano and later features both alto and soprano improvised solos, mainly on an F vamp. It has a very demanding soprano saxophone (optional clarinet) part with frequent 16th note runs throughout the range of the instrument.

Stay tuned for a live recording by the MHS Saxophone Quartet.