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Lessons of the Sky

Album Summary

>Rogers, Rodney : Lessons of the Sky, for oboe (or soprano saxophone) & piano
>Decruck, Fernande : Sonata for saxophone & piano
>Rogers, John Fitz : Breaking, for saxophone & piano
>Amram, David [Composer] : Greenwich Village Portraits, for saxophone & piano
>Swerts, Piet : Klonos, for saxophone & piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Lessons of the Sky is a work in three sections following a fast/slow/fast plan. The composition's title suggests that by observing the sky - open, alive, seemingly infinite - we may gain knowledge. The music uses a collection of motives presented in a quick and ever-changing rhythmic background to express the energy and quixotic nature of our atmosphere. These motives are constantly varied (expanded, compressed, altered methodically and harmonically) with their order of appearance continually rearranged. The shortest motive is the single note, the stopped low F# on the piano. The sound that results from striking this key is percussive in nature. Energy and tension is built through quick shifts between motives and by sudden changes from animated presentations to calmer repetitive versions of motivic material. At the center of the piece is a slow section: nearly motionless, it contains little repetition and emphasizes lyrical lines in the saxophone and sparse textures in the piano. Here the low F# takes on a somber character, in stark contrast to the propulsive quality it conveys in the opening and closing sections. Patterns from the first part reappear in the final portion of the piece in increasingly animated forms. Constant variation and recording culminates in a dynamic peak that closes the work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Recital Hall of the University of South Carolina Sc (12/2014).



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Works Details

>Rogers, Rodney : Lessons of the Sky, for oboe (or soprano saxophone) & piano
  • Performer: Joseph Rackers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Decruck, Fernande : Sonata for saxophone & piano
  • Performer: Joseph Rackers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rogers, John Fitz : Breaking, for saxophone & piano
  • Performer: Joseph Rackers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Amram, David [Composer] : Greenwich Village Portraits, for saxophone & piano
  • Performer: Joseph Rackers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Swerts, Piet : Klonos, for saxophone & piano
  • Performer: Joseph Rackers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993