Cohen Sonata / Alexander Mayer, oboe

October 18, 2022 at 6:00pm

60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Oboist Alexander Mayer and I will be performing Steve Cohen's Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano at Juilliard's first Sonatenabend of the '22 - '23 school year. This is one of my favorite duo pieces to perform for a number of reasons, so I hope you can join us. If you are unable to make it, I will be performing this sonata at my graduation recital in April of 2023; the date will be posted in the events section as soon as it is confirmed.

The following reviews of the sonata are taken from Steve Cohen's website:

This work uses the soprano saxophone as an expressive and energetic instrument of classical music in the outer movements. However, the subtone, glissandi, and blue notes that define the “Blues” make it as soulful a movement as you will hear outside of the Village Vanguard.— Anthony Balester, Outstanding Contemporary Saxophone Recordings and Works

“This is a superb piece, and a great addition to the repertoire, for professionals and for college student recitals.”— David Demsey, Saxophone Journal July/August 2010, Volume 34, No. 6

“The jazz influence had… the first word, in Steve Cohen’s tuneful Sonata for Soprano Saxophone… Mr. Cohen’s score was at its most appealing at the start of its meditative Blues movement, when the music crawled through the lower reaches of the instrument’s range.”— Allan Kozinn, New York Times, January 5, 2012

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