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Luna for Violin and Saxophone Quartet

By Sy Brandon

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Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax, Woodwind Quartet, Violin, Violin and Saxophone Quartet - Advanced Intermediate
Composed by Sy Brandon. 21st Century, 20th Century, Contemporary Classical, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 106 pages. Published by Sy Brandon (S0.307603).

Item Number: S0.307603

This composition consists of twelve short movements thatrepresent the twelve months of the Roman calendar. The ancient Romans, like ancientcivilizations before them, based their concept of the month on the Moon, hencethe title of the composition.

Januarius (January)
Named after the Roman god of beginnings and endings Janus (the month Januarius)is a slow introductory movement that grows in intensity as it unfolds.

Februa (February)
The name comes either from the old-Italian god Februus or else from februa,signifying the festivals of purification celebrated in Rome during this month.This movement contains a lot of open harmony that represents purification.

Mars (March)
This is the first month of the Roman year. It is named after the Roman god ofwar, Mars. A battle between the instruments is the idea behind this movement.

Aprilis (April)
Called Aprilis, from aperire, "to open", possibly because itis the month in which the buds begin to open. This movement uses risingarpeggios to signify buds opening.

Maiesta (May)
This is the third month of the Roman calendar. The name probably comes from Maiesta,the Roman goddess of honor and reverence. Majestic sounds dominate thismovement.

Juniores (June)
The fourth month was named in honor of Juno. However, the name might also comefrom iuniores (young men; juniors) as opposed to maiores (grown men;majors) for May, the two months being dedicated to young and old men. Thismovement captures the playfulness of youth.

Quintilis (July)
It was the month in which Julius Caesar was born, and named Julius in his honorin 44 BCE, the year of his assassination. Also called Quintilis (fifth month). Thismovement is in 5/4 with frequent use of melodic fifths.

Augustus (August)
Originally this month was called Sextilis (from sextus,"six"), but the name was later changed in honor of the first of theRoman emperors, Augustus (because several fortunate events of his life occurredduring this month). The reign of Augustus initiated an era of relative peaceknown as the Pax Romana (The Roman Peace). This movement isserene and peaceful.

Septem (September)
The name comes from septem, meaning "seven". This movement exploresseven beats per measure and intervals of the seventh.

Octo (October)
The name comes from octo, meaning "eight". Eight note melodicideas and eighth-note rhythms dominate this movement.

Novem (November)
The name comes from novem, meaning "nine". This movement is in9/8 meter.

Decem (December)
The name comes from decem, meaning "ten". This movement is in2/4 with ten note phrases.



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