Five Bagatelles

Year: 2023

Instrumentation: alto saxophone & string orchestra

Duration: 13 minutes

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bagatelle (n.)

1630s, “a trifle, thing of no importance,” from French bagatelle “knick-knack, bauble, trinket” (16c.), from Italian bagatella “a trifle,” which is perhaps a diminutive of Latin baca “berry,” or from one of the continental words (such as Old French bague “bundle”) from the same source as English bag (n.). As “a piece of light music,” it is attested from 1827.

The world is in the midst of dangerous times – and I’ve been writing serious music. Time for something light for a change…


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