David Lang

revolutionary etudes (2006) 22'

saxophone quartet (satb)

the New Century Saxophone Quartet

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Dana Jessen, bassoonist, on commissioning Rushes

Commissioning Rushes
by Dana Jessen

As musicians, we frequently talk about the process of composing music. Most often we discuss the various methods a composer goes through to realize his or her work. Yet there is another facet of such an undertaking that often isn’t discussed—the performer’s side of commissioning a large-scale work. On September 15th, six colleagues and I gave the world premiere of Rushes, a new 60-minute composition for seven bassoons by Michael Gordon…

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