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Not Death, but Love
for saxophone quartet (version for string quartet also available)
Duration - approx. 16 minutes
The title of this work, Not Death, but Love is taken from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s collection of poems, Sonnets from the Portuguese. The title comes from the end of the first sonnet:
And a voice said in mastery, while I strove,—
The work is a sort of meditation on love. It is melancholy, yet hopeful, serene and sublime. For the movement titles I found fragments in sonnets X through XIV that contained the word “Love”. I don’t want to say too much more about the work, as I’d hope it speaks for itself. Enjoy, and if you are near a loved one, hold him/her tight.
Portions of the string quartet version read by the West End String Quartet in Dec. 2010. The saxophone quartet version will be premiered by the Ineo Saxophone Quartet in the spring of 2011.
The future: Bobby Watson and the UMKC Big Band will premiere Rhapsody for Dean Moriarty in Kansas City, MO.
The future: Ashly Evans will premiere Birdsongs in Houston, TX.
The future: Jeux pour Jumeaux will be premiered in San Francisco, CA.
spring, 2014: David Tayloe will premiere A Page Out of Zen.
January 30th, 2013: Nathaniel Edison and the Santa Rosa CC Band will perform Icarus in Santa Rosa, CA
November 21st, 2013: Ryan Ford will perform BA(da)SS in West Hartford, CT.
November 8th, 2013: Oboe Duo Agosto will premiere various techniques for oboe and english horn in Boston, MA
October 6th, 2013: Joseph Abad and Marko Stuparovic will perform Icarus on a CCI concert at the Wilton Public Library in Wilton, CT
May 26th, 2013: Joseph Abad and Marko Stuparovic will perform Icarus in West Hartford, CT.
April 22nd, 2013: Jordan Jacobson will perform fragments and memories with the HICO Orchestra in CT.
April 20th, 2013: Jordan Jacobson will perform fragments and memories with the HICO Orchestra in CT.
April 19-20, 2013: The UMKC Opera Dept. will perform portions of Songs from Behind the Curtain.
April 7th, 2013: Joseph Abad and Marko Stuparovic will premiere Icarus in West Hartford, CT.
February 21st, 2013: Not Death, but Love will be performed by the Ouroboros Quartet at a Misha-maya-gat event in Manchester, CT.
October 18th, 2012: Sheri Brown and others will perform Getz Going: A Suite for Eddie Sauter in Manchester, CT.
October 14th, 2012: Sheri Brown and others will perform Getz Going: A Suite for Eddie Sauter in Hartford, CT.
August 23rd, 2012: Sheri Brown and others will premiere Getz Going: A Suite for Eddie Sauter on a Hartford Phase Shift concert.
June 7th, 2012 7pm: A concert of the works of Ryan Jesperson will be presented at the Hartt School in West Hartford CT.
May 31st, 2012: The Invisible, Magic, Soccer Phone will be premiered in Middlefield, CT.
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