Sonnet (2011)

for saxophone quartet

Sound sample: 

On YouTube:
The Amstel Quartet giving first performance of Sonnet in Toonzaal 's-Hertogenbosch, May 12, 2011

The saxophone’s sound was my point of departure, and the writing of a polyphonic work. These two went together quite well because, even though relatives, the four saxophones all have a specific character, and this allows them to play beautiful and individual lines: Together they form an image consisting of different materials.

The title of the piece is concerning the form, and also the content has a poetic character. I like to work with sound, melody and chord, not specifically traditional in harmony, but indeed with the idea of tension flow and the road to a solution. Written in January, I imagined Scottish landscapes and the colours of a winter sun only low above the horizon.

It was a pleasure working with the members of the Amstel Quartet. All were prepared without conditions to search for my ideas, their skills on the instrument and musicality is incredible. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me.


saxophone quartet

first performance:
May 12, 2011
Amstel Saxophone Quartet
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