Karl Valentin - Epitaph (for saxophone, 2 trumpets, six trombones, bass tuba) (1988)

Duration: 9:00

Instrumentation: Alto sax., 2 trp.(B), 4 ten. tro., 2 bass tro., tuba, piano or percussion

Solo instruments: Saxophone

Publisher of notes/sheet music: Edition Helbling (Innsbruck), 1999

Introduction: The saxophone embodies the 'soul of the German artist and comedian Karl Valentin and is hassled right at the beginning by the barbaric brass players with the famous Bavarian Defiliermarsch: after the military chaos and a 'mesto' as mourning the 'soul' awakes and becomes vital and rhythmic. The development leads to a distrassing culmination where the brass players musically corner and squeeze the saxophonist...'Karl Valentin Epitaph' - a gravestone quote for the unforgettable Karl Valentin.

Additional remarks: The pianist (or percussionist) plays 'special effents' such as whistles, bird voices, drums

World premiere: 12.07.1988, Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen München
Performers at world premiere: Rainer Fabich (sax.), Munich College of Music ensemble, direction: Michael Stern

Records: Produktion des BR 1989, 1999
Performers on recording: Rainer Fabich (sax.), Munich College of Music ensemble, direction: Michael Stern

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