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AVAILABLE SCORES:
Gradus at ChesterNovello.com
Gradus for Soprano Saxophone at MusicRoom.com

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In Good Company on Point Music
Music in the Shape of a Square on Stradivarius

CATEGORIES:
Solo

Gradus

(1968) 9'

Music by Philip Glass

CAST:
Soprano saxophone

COMMISSION:
Written for Jon Gibson

NOTES:
Gradus is for solo soprano saxophone and is one of the first pieces Glass composed upon his return to New York from his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and work with Ravi Shankar. Structurally, Gradus deals with the juxtaposition of melodic and rhythmic material within repeated cycles of 32 beats, and although it is highly structured on the one hand, it also sounds highly intuitive and unpredictable (to me anyway) on the other.

When I met Philip, he was among other things, in the process of composing Gradus and also studying with the tabla master, Allah Rakha. This is the first piece by Glass that I performed and marks the beginning of a long and important association for me that continues to the present.

— Jon Gibson

PUBLISHER:
Dunvagen Music Publishers
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