Blast

2003

For: Alto Saxophone and piano
Duration: 6 minutes

This piece was commissioned by Sarah Field and first performed by her and Simon Lepper at the Sounds New festival in Canterbury on March 7th 2003. Sarah asked for something lively and extrovert and that is what I sought to provide. The piece presents some technical challenges for both performers as well as exploring the extreme registers of both piano and sax. I called it blast because it is a sort of a musical mild expletive and blast is also a term used by players when talking about a piece that is loud or involving some exertion.