tenor saxophone, electric guitar, piano and percussion (mostly drum set).
Bust a Flame, composed for Flexible Music, was
written during February of 2009. It’s dedicated with love to my son, Isaac.
I found my way into the language of the piece gradually, a
language largely conditioned by Flexible Music's unusual instrumentation of
tenor saxophone, guitar, piano and percussion. This instrumentation, so
suggestive of a jazz group, steered me further in a direction that I had been
increasingly pursuing: trying to get some of the vitality and spontaneity of
the music that I first loved and played into the music I've been composing. So
I decided to take advantage of Dan Lippel's considerable skill and experience
as an electric guitarist and to use what amounts to a drum set instead of the
percussion instruments I've used in the past. The 'drumsetness' of the
percussion part comes into focus little by little until it emerges completely
rather late in the piece.
$37.50 score with parts