Badings, Henk

Henk Badings is one of the great composers of the twentieth century, according to the musicologist Leo Samama. Samama describes him as “a versatile artist who apparently could effortlessly go ...

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Saxophoonconcert : instrumentatie voor symfonieorkest 1952, (1951) / Henk Badings

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1952
Publisher's number: 06291
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Saxophone and orchestra
Instruments: 2fl 2ob 2cl 2fg 3h 3trp 3trb timp perc str sax-a-solo
Remarks: Voor altsaxofoon en orkest. - Oorspr. voor saxofoon en harmonieorkest. - Met voorw. - Tijdsduur: ca. 20'
Duration: 20'00"
Year of composition: 1951
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Badings, Henk (orchestrator)
Notturno (Larghetto)
Rondo (Presto)
Program note (English): The Saxophone concerto was written in the summer of 1951 and a year later instrumented for a small symphony orchestra. It has the usual three-part concerto form with a tempo pattern of fast - slow-fast. The first movement, Allegro, has a main form of which the first thematic group develops from the antagonisms between a heavy, powerful playing orchestra and a more playful lyrical counter motive in the solo part. The second thematic group starts with a tuneful melody played by the soloist and is later taken over by the orchestra. In the final thematic group of the exposition, triplet motives arise from the swerving figures, and the saxophone plays a counterpoint in the exposition against alternatives of the other motives in the orchestra. A shortened and modified reprise concludes the first movement.
The second movement, Notturno, in a larghetto tempo, has a three-part form. After dodecaphonic introduction in which a somewhat improvising cadenza of the solo instrument is noticeable, the first part follows, characterised by a broad melody in the solo instrument, with an accompaniment of string orchestra. In the second part is a dialogue between solo instrument and several groups of the orchestra, especially with sonorous brass instruments. The third part is a variation of the first. The coda is a new form of the twelve-tone introduction melody. The third movement is a Rondo in Presto-tempo. The octotonic rondo theme is played following an introduction by the solo instrument. In the first couplet three muted trumpets play a counter motive.
From the counterpoints in the saxophone a return to the rondo theme develops. The alternative is a variation of the middle part of the Larghetto. A cadenza forms the progress to a modified reoccurrence of the rondo theme and of the first couplet. The coda shows a combination of the rondo theme - now in lydomixolydic - in saxophone and strings, with the alternative theme in trombones and horns and with the theme of the first couplet in three muted trumpets. - HENK BADINGS

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