The Garden of FolliesAlto Saxophone and Piano (2006)
II. Crossed Paths
III. Blue Mountain Thoughts
IV. The Fourth Act
V. Regarding Crystals
|Commission||Society of Composers, Inc. and ASCAP, Completed while in residence at Copland House in the Spring of 2006|
The title of this work makes use of the term “follies” in its very specific, architectural sense. A folly is any small, purposeless structure—often a garden pavilion—built in an extravagant, fanciful, or exotic style. These five pieces for saxophone and piano are musical follies first in the sense that they are all miniatures, and second in the sense that each is wrought in its own unique and—given the recent trajectory of my work—exotic style. I made no attempt to unify them as a set, and they share nothing in common except perhaps an extravagant disunity with one another. But there is another sense in which these pieces are follies. I found most all of the raw musical material for this work in my discarded sketches of the recent past. I am happy that this material, once judged unsuitable to build more imposing musical structures, has found a home in this collection of miniatures.