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Tasteful Suite

by Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková

Original chamber music compositions for soprano- and alto saxophone and piano in neo-classical and neo-romantic style with explicit program-music titles. The music depicts sailboats, birds, weathers and various foods - an adventure & feast for the ear.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Chorale, Prelude and Fugue
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
10:25 $2.99
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2. Snow Goose Sonata: I. Lafleur
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
4:58 $0.99
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3. Snow Goose Sonata: II. Lament
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
4:50 $0.99
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4. Snow Goose Sonata: III. Lahave
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
4:43 $0.99
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5. Winter Eyes
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
12:37 $1.99
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6. Summer Shades
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
6:03 $1.99
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7. Tasteful Suite: I. Bread & Butter Menuet
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
2:17 $0.99
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8. Tasteful Suite: II. Tangled Spaghetti Tango Fugue
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
2:19 $0.99
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9. Tasteful Suite: III. Giguel Bottle Song
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
2:55 $0.99
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10. Tasteful Suite: IV. Heavy Metal Meatball March
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
3:03 $0.99
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11. Tasteful Suite: V. Sweet Honey Aria
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
3:24 $0.99
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12. Tasteful Suite: VI. Salad Variations
Anders Lundegård & Monika Mockovčáková
5:43 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Anders Lundegård’s great admiration for the music of Bach evoked the writing of Chorale, Prelude and Fugue. The thematic material of the Chorale, as well as the Prelude, borrows from Swedish folk music. Further, the Chorale's use of jazz harmonization brings the saxophone and Bach together in the 21st Century. Chorale, Prelude and Fugue was written for pianist Cynthia Harrington of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, with whom Anders premiered the work at the Scandinavian Festival of Stanhope, New Jersey, in 1998.

In addition to actually representing a goose, Snow Goose Sonata was inspired by the name of a friend’s 38-ft sailboat, Snow Goose, anchored in Nova Scotia. The first movement, Lafleur, is primarily named after John Lafleur, the owner and skipper of Snow Goose. Befitting the strong influence of the French settlers in the region, the movement’s name also represents the area’s endless fields of wildflowers in the spring. The movement takes on the character of a folk music wedding march meant to represent the mating season of the snow goose, a bird that mates for life. The Lament commemorates the endless number of shipwrecks along the southern cost of Nova Scotia. The province's Capital, Halifax, was also the rescue center for the Titanic victims, and the city became the natural and largest burial ground for those who perished and were brought ashore by rescue vessels in the area. As the solo part takes on the sad call of a goose, a repeated single note with varying rhythm depicts the Morse code and distress signals from the shipwrecks of the past. LaHave, once the capital of Nova Scotia, is the picturesque town at the mouth of the LaHave River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. At the LaHave River Yacht Club, the two-masted yawl, Snow Goose, is moored and awaits its next great sail on the brisk summer breezes, when geese and gulls will float above stern and the bowsprit. The frantic race between wind and water and soaring birds gives the movement the sense of a multilayered illusion: the peacefulness of the sea mingled with hints of its unpredictable chaos.

Winter Eyes and Summer Shades were both composed in the wake of two poems with the same titles written by the composer. The poems are from the collection “A Lunde Garden of Eden” and can be found at Swedishpoet.com. Although these two pieces are not intended to mimic the Four Seasons of Vivaldi, the associations may have been a source of inspiration. Winter Eyes begins and ends with the evocation of a deep freeze, with a stormy and sometimes thawing middle section. Summer Shades is saturated with carefree themes led off by what sounds like a children’s song. These two pieces may be performed independently of each other; but together, they make a dramatic juxtaposition of climates.

The Tasteful Suite was written in the spirit of a baroque dance suite with such movements as minuet, gigue, and sarabande. The piece is dedicated to Bennett Barsk - a foodie, relentless punster and a dear friend of Anders. While the movements’ titles speak for themselves, it's worth noting that the compositional style in the Giguel Bottle Song takes on the characteristics of dual key harmonies à la Charles Ives. By doing so, it should not be lost on anyone that the pianist is getting intoxicated as the piece moves along. The theme used for the Salad Variations should be familiar. It was the theme-song for a television show, whose name can be deciphered if one spells the word “salad” backwards. - Notes by Brack Brown

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