Caliban (for soprano saxophone and piano)

Composition Date: 2016

Duration: 6'

Orchestration: Soprano Saxophone and Piano

Information:

 

Commissioned by Richard Ingham to celebrate the Adolphe Sax bicentenary 2014, with funds from Creative Scotland

 

Written just before starting work on a ballet for Birmingham Royal Ballet with choreographer David Bintley, this short piece is one of a series of character sketches exploring facets of the main players in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

 

The saxophone seems to embody the hybrid creature Caliban – half human half spirit – and the music is edgy and rhythmic. The central section shows a more reflective side: in spite of his abrasive and resentful nature, one of the most beautiful passages in the play is delivered by Caliban (‘the isle is full of noises’).

 

 

Programme Note:

 

CALIBAN

for soprano saxophone and piano

 

Sally Beamish 2014

 

 

for Richard Ingham

 

 

Written just before starting work on a ballet for Birmingham Royal Ballet with choreographer David Bintley, this short piece is one of a series of character sketches exploring facets of the main players in Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

 

The saxophone seems to embody the hybrid creature Caliban – half human half spirit – and the music is edgy and rhythmic. The central section shows a more reflective side: in spite of his abrasive and resentful nature, one of the most beautiful passages in the play is delivered by Caliban (‘the isle is full of noises’).

 

Caliban was commissioned by Richard Ingham to celebrate the Adolphe Sax bicentenary 2014, with funds from Creative Scotland.

 

Sally Beamish 2014

 

 

 

 

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Available Recordings:

 

 (none available)

 

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