A Sonata for When Time Stands Still (2020) – ca. 14'
soprano saxophone and piano
Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. for saxophonist Steven Banks
March 5, 2021: Steven Banks (soprano saxophone) and Xak Bjerken (piano) streaming online.
This work is scored for soprano saxophone and piano, and is organized into three movements: I. Largo, II. Vivace, and III. Pesante. In this work, I sought to compose a work in the Western sonata form structure byway of the use of materials extracted from the Arabic music traditional playing technique. Writing for the saxophone itself presented its own challenge as it is not an instrument at all associated with the music of the Middle East. This proved to be a blessing in disguise during the creative process, as it gave me a special opportunity to interpret many of these already unique gestures in my own personal way.
Steven Banks and Xak Bjerken premiere A Sonata for When Time Stands Still
Saad Haddad explains his creative process behind A Sonata for When Time Stands Still