James Matheson: Contact, for alto saxophone and piano (excerpts/audio only)

**A CD/.mp3 recording of Matheson’s _Violin Concerto_ (Baird Dodge, Chicago Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen), _String Quartet_ (Color Field Quartet), and _Times Alone_ (Laura Strickling, Thomas Sauer) is now available**


Excerpts from _Contact_, for alto saxophone and piano, written in 2005 (revised 2009) by American composer James Matheson.

Opening of the piece (Spacious, flexible; quarter=80) 0:12
Measure 99 (Quick and light; quarter=130) 1:33
Measure 196 (quarter=120) 3:22
Measure 318 (quarter=108) 4:07

This tour-de-force, technically demanding virtuosic work, which totals about 15 minutes in length, was commissioned by a consortium of saxophonists including, among others, Jan Berry Baker, Phil Barham, Michael Jacobson,James Kalyn, Eric Lau, Chien-Kwan Lin, Clifford Leaman, Kenneth Radnofsky, Debra Richtmeyer, James Romain, and William Street.

These excerpts are taken from the first performance of the revised version, given on December 6, 2009, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The segments included showcase both the work’s expansive, lyrical qualities, and its rapid, energetic passagework.

Chien-Kwan Lin, alto saxophone
Pi-Lin Ni, piano

The piece is published by Theodore Presser Company.

Matheson’s other works for saxophone include _Pull_ (1995), for alto saxophone and piano [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIkdGWL74aY]; _La Seine_ (2007), for unaccompanied alto saxophone (originally for English horn) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_QqvxYcvoQ]; and _Quartet for Soprano Saxophone and Strings_ (2008) (originally for oboe); all are published by Presser.

For more information, please visit the composer’s web site:

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