Richard Lambert Music

Humoresque for solo saxophone (Op.33a)

A solo piece for any of the saxophone family which exploits the humorous nature of the instrument whilst exploring its full register

Transcribed in 2017 from Humoresque (Op.33) for bassoon ( 2009), this short tour de force exploits the humorous nature of the instrument whilst exploring its full register.

Structured in a simple A B A1 form, the outer sections are highly chromatic and eschewing a sense of key. There are many changes of time signature, giving it a highly rhythmic energy.

The brief central section is more reflective and is a free development of a motif heard in bars 30 to 35: an eighteen-note 'theme' is subjected serially to four variations in a quasi-waltz style, employing this time a consistent ¾ time signature.

The sections are joined with a hesitant quaver figure, which is first heard in bar 19.

Publications


Listen

Like this? Try these