RAZZLE-DAZZLE

YEAR

2013

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Octet:

Saxophone Quartet

String Quartet

 

DURATION

3 minutes

 

COMMISSIONED BY

Jarita Ng

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

April 26, 2012

University of Michigan

 

 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

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.