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Bulgarity

Instrumentation: saxophone quartet (SATBari)

Duration: 4 minutes

Commission: Donald Sinta Quartet National Composition Competition 2013

Premiere: Donald Sinta Quartet at Versailles Conservatory, Versailles, France 4 April 2013

Program Notes:

Inspired by the rhythmic ferocity of Bulgarian dance music and the Bulgarian saxophone legend Yuri Yunakov, Bulgarity is energetic explosion of virtuosity. Pulsating meters, dense ornamentation, and wandering modes make this piece distinctly Balkan in character. Although passages are reminiscent of the folk idiom, all material is original.