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Kyle Kindred: Music

Sonata: "The Beast" (for alto saxophone and piano)

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The Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (“the beast”) was written in 1997-98 for Jean Lansing, Associate Professor of Saxophone at Wichita State University. The first two movements were premiered in 1998 at the annual Wichita State University Contemporary Music Festival. In January of 1999, the sonata was first performed in its entirety and the final movement was presented at the next Contemporary Music Festival. During the spring of 2000, the sonata was awarded best composition and overall winner at the Lambda Chapter Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship Competition at Wichita State University. In 2001, it received First Prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Victor Herbert(ASCAP) Composition Contest. In March of 2001, the sonata was performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 4 Conference at Baylor University and then again in July of 2003 at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In September of 2003, the work received First Prize in the Sixth Annual Russell Horn Voices of Change Young Composers Composition Competition and was performed at that Dallas Museum of Art. The subtitle “the beast” was jokingly given to the piece by Jean Lansing and myself during initial preparation to meet the virtuosic demands of the music on both saxophonist and pianist. Since then I have noticed elements of the sonata’s character that perhaps, with a little imagination, could suggest programmatic implications of this nickname within the three movements.

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