Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano was written for saxophonist Maria Dessena. Each of its four movements navigate a different terrain. The insistent rhythm of the first movement gives way to a lilting twelve-tone tune in the second. The third movement is a meditation on skip and steps, and the fourth sums things up, quoting from the other three before evolving into something new.
Commissioned by Maria Dessena. First performed by her and Matthew Van Hoose