On the Peculiar Nature of Tears

for tenor saxophone and prerecorded tape (2018)

duration: 5'25''

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On the Peculiar Nature of Tears is an exploration of raw emotion. Between its lush chords and familiar sounding motifs is a sense of space that belies the beauty of its melody.

This piece is inspired by “Nimrod” from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The opening theme of Nimrod is the source for most of the musical material in this piece. Although it attempts to fight through the layers every so often, the theme cannot be heard in full until right at the end, five minutes into the piece.