Knot Lilacs (2006)
Alto Saxophone

Robert Morris

Program Notes

This highly intense and driving piece was written in the fall of 2006 for Steven Leffue, a young saxophone player dedicated to playing new music for saxophone. It revisits materials from my composition Not Lilacs of 1974, a jazz influenced work for alto sax, trumpet, piano, and drums. In Knot Lilacs materials are knotted up and arranged into complex cycles of notes that nevertheless reflect on the earlier composition and often quote it.