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    Paul Foster

    Scherzo

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    Instrument: score and parts
    Grade: professional
    Catalogue No: RP001
    ISMN No: 9790570278435

    For alto saxophone, bass clarinet and piano.

    The trio is in one single movement, although four distinct sections are evident. These sections look at the nature of musical sharing, approached in four different ways.

    In the first section, the three instruments are in conflict with each other: they each have their own distinct musical ideas and character, which are presented seemingly without regard to the others. In the slower second section from bar 36, the instruments tentatively begin to explore each other’s ideas and the argumentative mood is replaced by a lyrical calm. In the third section from bar 61, all three sets of musical material are fragmented and remixed, with all instruments exploring them more equally in a more skittish mood. Finally from bar 89 and still using a combination of all the ideas, the alto saxophone and clarinet join in a playful, energetic and equally alanced duet with the piano providing a highly rhythmic accompaniment Scherzo is the winning piece in the first Reedplay composition competition 2010 and was first performed by Reed Play in their inaugral concert at the Purcell Room on London's Southbank in February 2010.
    Paul Foster
    Paul Foster studied music at the University of London (Master of Music) and vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has a PhD in Musical Composition from the University of Manchester, where he studied with Philip Grange.

    After working for seventeen years in London, he returned to his native South-West, where he is sought after as a conductor of opera, orchestra and theatre repertoire. As well as being well known as a composer, conductor and pianist, he is an award-winning actor and published poet.

    Performances of Paul's compositions have included the South Bank and abroad. Many of his works have been inspired by Cornwall or Dartmoor. Amongst these are Inverted Cathedrals - a tone poem for large symphonic wind orchestra based on the ruined cliff-edge tin mines of Cornwall, Vixana for solo recorders - written for virtuoso Piers Adams, Lyonesse dances - a dance work for string septet and harp, The Tamarside Suite premiered by the Band of the Royal Marines, and Serpentine: red for solo harp. Other pieces include a number of large works for wind orchestra, a Chamber Concerto for Percussion, two string quartets and various works for solo voices or choir.

    In 2010, the Scherzo for Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet and Piano won the first 'Reedplay' international composition competition and was duly premièred on the South Bank in London.

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