Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom
The musical material of this piece is derived from a popular Nankuan melody, "Plum Blossoms" Nankuan, a traditional southern style Chinese/Taiwanese music, dates back to 500AD. This melody serves as a basis for a fantasia, which springs into three sections of music with two cadenza-like solo passages in between them. This elegant Nankuan melody is first subtly introduced in fragments, while a more complete melody isn't presented until the end of the piece. Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom for Saxophone and Piano was commissioned by the World-Wide Concurrent Premieres & Commissions Fund, Inc. and is dedicated to Ken Radnofsky.
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Title:Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom
Instrumentation:Alto Sax and Piano
Series:Music of Our Time
Year Composed: 2012