The mountain

I wrote this composition in commission of Jan de Rooy, the violin-teacher and novelist, I mentioned before at 'Branoul' and 'Calling in the desert'. He asked me to write some things to accompany poems by Emily Dickinson, which should be performed in a literary program he presented in Literary theatre Branoul. It should be performed with the computer and a synthesizer and I wrote a piece for piano and saxophone quartet. It took me four days in November 1992 to write it. It was based on the poem 'The Mountain'. Anne-Marie Heyligers, a Dutch actress read the poem while the computer and the synthesizer provided the music. Later in the performance, the composition was solely played, so the listeners could concentrate on the music. This happened at November the 29th in 1992. To be honest, this is not one of my best compositions and perhaps it should be forgotten.
Since this and 'The snake' are the first and only compositions I earned some money with and together with 'Branoul' are the only ones performed in public, I mention them. I was praised and the presenter told the audience I would be found in future musical encyclopedias.
I got a book with the following presentation from the author: "To Renate Methöfer, with lots of respect and thanks for the compositions 'The mountain' and 'The snake', good luck! Jan de Rooy"


26/4/'93, 3/2/'00

Instrument used for the recording:

E-mu Proteus/1

Instruments the music is written for:

Soprano saxophone
Alto saxophone
Tenor saxophone
Baritone saxophone

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