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Homage to the Night Sky's Debris

for solo baritone saxophone

Year:  1995   ·  Duration:  7m

Year:  1995
Duration:  7m

Composer:   Dugal McKinnon

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Sample: From 3:43 - 4:41

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Homage was written for saxophonist Rachel McLarin, who premiered the work. The night sky's debris to which the work claims to pay homage has been forgotten by the composer, perhaps signalling the piece was always more significant than the occasion which nominally gave rise to it. Given one cannot literally write down the night sky (or its debris), any more than one can pull it down, it is unsurprising that a juxtapositional collection of motifs captured on manuscript paper should outlive any given evening. The piece, with its calls, upward arcs and gentle falls, may loosely suggest some kind of homage to an unreachable sky, but this relationship is a rebus better left to sing for itself.

Commissioned note

Written for Rachel McLarin

Dedication note

for Rachel McLarin

Performance history

Performed by Rachel McLarin (baritone saxophone)