Variations on a dance from El Maestro (1536)
by Luis de Milán for alto saxophone and organ
Duration: 7 minutes
Publisher of notes/sheet music: Schott Music , 2011
Instrumentation: Alto Saxophone/or cor anglais and organ
Solo instruments: Cor Anglais, Saxophone
Introduction: The Catalan composer and vihuela player Luis de Milán (1500-1561) is considered one of the most important composers of the Spanish renaissance.
His collection “El Maestro” of 1536 was the the first release of vihuela music in music history (vihuela is an ancient guitar). The six pavanes embody the ceremonial striding dance. In accordance with etymologic deflection of „pavo“ (Spanish/Latinl): „peacock“ the listeners sometimes even get to hear the characteristic bird 'screaming' in this 'peacock dance' that is performed by the saxophonist freely and naturally.
Dedication: dedicated to pastor Otmar Breitenhuber in honour of the farewell in south-western spheres
World premiere: 05.06.2011, St. Augustin / Ingolstadt
Performers at world premiere: Jürgen Bachmann (saxophone) and Evi Weichenrieder (organ)