North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference | Tempe, AZ
March 6, 2020 - March 9, 2020
2:00 PM in Katzin Hall | MANA Quartet – *World Premieres* of music by Dan Becker and Gabriel Bolaños
3:40 PM in Katzin Hall | Diane Hunger – Concert Piece, by Stephen Dankner
4:00 PM in Recital Hall | Michael Mortarotti – Allegro, Cadenza, e Adagio, by Werner Wolf Glaser
4:20 PM in Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza | Michael Hernandez conducts the SJSU Saxophone Orchestra
Discourse, for saxophone quartet and electronics, explores the perceptual distance between speech and music. The performers are accompanied by a fixed tape part that combines samples of multiple international poets reading their work in their native languages. When listening to speech in a language we understand, our attention is so focused on deciphering the meaning of the speech, that we are unable to focus deeply on the speech sounds. By juxtaposing and combining multiple different speech samples in different languages, I hope to attune listeners to the beautiful, complex sounds of speech, and focus listeners’ attention towards a musical mode of listening to language.
This piece was originally composed in 2018 for three members of the MANA quartet, and was significantly revised in 2020 for the full saxophone quartet.