Sean William Calhoun | Composer and pianist

Divisions and Diversions: four pieces and an encore for solo alto saxophone (2017) – 13'

I. Prelude
II. Skirr
III. Apart
IV. Updog
Encore: Alternative Sax

Divisions and Diversions is a set of four miniatures for solo alto sax composed for Zach Stern. The Prelude opens the set with a tranquil melody. "Skirr" follows with rapid figures in the middle register interrupted by staccato accents above and below. "Apart" is hushed, with lyrical but disjunct figures, occasionally shifting into otherworldly multiphonics. The last movement, "Updog," attempts to answer what it is.


Recording by Zach Stern, saxophone