Title

"Learning (Theme and Variations for Saxophone Trio)"

Presenter

Cody Burchfield

Abstract

My composition, written for alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, opens with a quiet melodic theme voice by alto sax supported by chords in the tenor and baritone saxes. The theme has a moderate tempo and simple rhythmic structure. The melodic content is repeated and reworked eight times. The variations introduce new tempos and varying rhythmic structures. The harmonic relationships within the theme begin simply and then turn in surprising directions. This transition from simple chord progressions to unexpected, off-balance chords characterizes the theme and is noticeable in throughout the variations. I titled the composition Learning because the piece tries to learn from itself while exploring many different moods. As humans, we are constantly learning, and we are constantly forgetting. Before my composition is performed, I will speak briefly about my working process in creating it.

Faculty Sponsor

John Earnest

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Music

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Location

Kimball Theatre

Presentation Type

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"Learning (Theme and Variations for Saxophone Trio)"

Kimball Theatre

My composition, written for alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, opens with a quiet melodic theme voice by alto sax supported by chords in the tenor and baritone saxes. The theme has a moderate tempo and simple rhythmic structure. The melodic content is repeated and reworked eight times. The variations introduce new tempos and varying rhythmic structures. The harmonic relationships within the theme begin simply and then turn in surprising directions. This transition from simple chord progressions to unexpected, off-balance chords characterizes the theme and is noticeable in throughout the variations. I titled the composition Learning because the piece tries to learn from itself while exploring many different moods. As humans, we are constantly learning, and we are constantly forgetting. Before my composition is performed, I will speak briefly about my working process in creating it.

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