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for saxophone duet
Level of difficulty: 3=Medium
About the work
Glass Dances, as a project, initially attempted to combine certain elements of Philip Glass’s Music with the driving force of dance music.
However, what the final product ended up being was 90% dance and 10% Glass. Both melodically and rhythmically driven, Glass Dances features multiple themes and sections that reoccur in a quasi-rondo format however, no forward motion is lost at these transitions.
If you have two players looking for a fun challenge, Glass Dances is a catchy audience-thriller with the occasional minimalistic and ethnic undertones.
About the composer
Eddie Sundra (b. 1991) is an up-and-coming clarinetist currently finishing his masters degree in performance at the University of Michigan. Specializing in new music, he strives to enhance the
standard concert experience through creative programming and incorporation of multimedia.
While many of his compositions have featured the clarinet, he is slowly expanding his output to include works for other instruments and ensembles, including large ensembles and vocalists.
Eddie completed his undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where he studied clarinet performance, along with receiving instruction in composition and music technology from Dr. Paul Barsom. As a performer, he has participated in festivals such as the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Eastern Music Festival, studying with internationally-renowned orchestral musicians.
Striving for both originality and accessibility, Eddie draws his compositional inspiration from a wide range of sources, including visual art, literature, and personal experiences. In terms of
musical influences, he is fond of many artists in both the classical and contemporary Musical worlds.
Some of his favorite composers/artists include Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Morton Feldman, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, and Bombino.