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Lullaby for Munch in Hell

for saxophone quartet

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The lyrical, silky, “French” sound of the saxophone quartet is nowhere to be found in this work. Instead, I needed to hear the quartet as one loud single instrument, much like banging one’s fist on a hypothetical saxophone stop on an organ. The starting point for the piece was a painting by Edvard Munch titled “Self-portrait in Hell”, and in the spirit of that (terrifying) work, the music is often anxious, incessant, and shifty—and occasionally obnoxious: elements of a Lullaby well-suited to the painting … one hopes Munch finds solace in it.

Genres:   Chamber

Subgenres:   Educational

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(to the 2006 published edition)

  • m.176, tempo is Meno Mosso.

Recent Performances

  • March 1, 2016 - Ethos New Music Society at SUNY Fredonia School of Music, Rosch Recital Hall. Composer residency
  • February 13, 2007 - Tarleton Wind Ensemble, Saxerkameradenschaft-Pfiefer at Tarleton State Univ., Stephenville TX. Conducted by Jonathan Hooper. Newman guest residency / Premiere of "Concertino"
  • February 13, 2007 - Tarleton Wind Ensemble at Tarleton State University.