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David Biedenbender

you’’ve been talking in your sleep for saxophone quartet

(2010)


you’’ve been talking in your sleep was commissioned by New Sounds Music, Incorporated The nonprofit organization of the PRISM Quartet, Timothy McAllister, soprano saxophone; Zachary Shemon, alto saxophone; Matthew Levy, tenor saxophone; Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophone.

Program Note I am often fascinated by sleep and dreams and, consequently, the incredibly weird and bizarre thoughts, ideas, experiences, and sounds that come out of this seemingly inactive and tranquil aspect of human existence. For instance, while working late at night, I frequently hear my wife talking aloud, presumably either to me or to something or someone with whom she is interacting in her dreams. The language is neither English nor gibberish and contains familiar words and sounds but is completely incomprehensible to me. I often imagine what it would be like to talk with her while she sleeps and experience what she experiences, but alas, I am awake and she is asleep——there is a veil of consciousness between us. For this piece, I imagined a musical language that is a sort of synthesis of both the clarity and compete nonsense of this surreal language——a kind of dialogue between the conscious self and the sleeping self.

Instrumentation Bb Soprano Saxophone Eb Alto Saxophone Bb Tenor Saxophone Eb Baritone Saxophone

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duration: ca. 10:00


for the PRISM Quartet

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you've been talking in your sleep David Biedenbender

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Copyright Š 2010 David Biedenbender (ASCAP) (All Right Reserved) www.davidbiedenbender.com

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