Prized Possessions

for saxophone quartet (SATB)
duration: 12′
written for the PRISM Quartet

Program Notes

With its two contrasting movements, Prized Possessions attempts to address the human phenomenon of taking things for granted by sending musical material through various repetitions and expressive treatments. The piece focuses on balancing fleeting, quickly vanishing ideas with other material that’s allowed to obsessively linger until almost no longer welcome.
 
This work was composed for the PRISM Quartet during their residency at Princeton University, and premiered during the group’s 2015 New York and Philadelphia concert series at the Curtis Institute of Music and Symphony Space on May 22 and 23, respectively. Heartfelt thanks to the members of PRISM:
      Timothy McAllister, soprano
      Zachary Shemon, alto
      Matthew Levy, tenor
      Taimur Sullivan, baritone


 
Performance History

Preview/Workshop: October 10, 2014. Princeton University
PRISM Saxophone Quartet
 
Premiere: May 22, 2015. Curtis Institute of Music
PRISM Saxophone Quartet
 
May 23, 2015. Symphony Space NYC
PRISM Saxophone Quartet
 
June 20, 2015. Interlochen Center for the Arts
PRISM Saxophone Quartet