Scored for an octet comprised of a saxophone quartet and string quartet, Razzle-Dazzle is a term used to describe something with brilliance, virtuosity and flashy. The piece is inspired by “dance offs” or “street battle dancing” in which two (or more) people oppose each other and dance until one is declared the winner. The dancing usually takes place in sequence where one person/team will dance then the opposite team will dance. The music is in a similar form with both quartets in fiery competition to the end.
April 26, 2012
University of Michigan