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Shade of Darkness

by Awea Duo

Eclectic and captivating transcriptions and new works exclusively made and composed for Awea Duo (flute & saxophone).
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Nymph, Come to Thy Lover (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
1:47 album only
2. I Go Before My Darling (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
1:28 album only
3. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
4:23 album only
4. Violin Sonata in C Major, K. 46d: I. Allegro (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
1:41 album only
5. Violin Sonata in C Major, K. 46d: II. Menuet I - III. Menuet II (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
1:37 album only
6. Sonata for Two Clarinets: I. Presto (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
1:54 album only
7. Sonata for Two Clarinets: II. Andante (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
3:13 album only
8. Sonata for Two Clarinets: III. Vif (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
2:11 album only
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9. Le colloque des deux perruches: I. Allegrissimo (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
1:34 album only
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10. Le colloque des deux perruches: III. Larghetto (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
2:31 album only
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11. Le colloque des deux perruches: II. Presto (Arr. for Flute & Alto Saxophone)
1:37 album only
12. Different Worlds
7:57 album only
13. Intaglio
6:20 album only
14. Four Flips: Expressive
2:09 album only
15. Four Flips: Mysterious, Ethereal
2:38 album only
16. Four Flips: Playful
1:28 album only
17. Four Flips: Allegro
3:13 album only
18. Shade of Darkness
5:57 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Canzonets to Two Voyces, Book 1 (1595)
III. Sweet nimphe, come to thy lover
V. I goe before, my darling
Thomas Morley, arr. by Masahito Sugihara
Morley’s Canzonets are light, strophic Renaissance part-songs, and one of Awea Duo’s first chamber experiences together. These elegant and tasteful two-part songs are surprisingly a perfect fit for the mixed duo. The short poetic form filled with dancelike rhythms and melodic imitation, is indicative of clear chamber dialogue and results in a beautiful and tasteful flute and alto saxophone pairing.

Adagio from Violin Sonata I in g minor, BWV 1001 (1720)
J.S. Bach, arr. by Masahito Sugihara
Written in 1720 and published in 1879, this is the first movement of Bach’s most famous solo for violin without accompaniment, Sonata No. 1 in g minor. Well suited to the color palette of the Flute and Alto Saxophone combination, this work explores intricate interwoven phrasing and exquisite sonorous harmonic progressions. Arranged by Mas, this is one of our favorite works to perform!

Sonata in C Major for Violin and Keyboard, KV 46d (1768)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. by Masahito Sugihara
One of Mozart’s 36 violin sonatas, this two-movement Classical work is perfect for the mixed duo in its straight- forward and equal voicing. Another early work for Awea Duo, we particularly enjoy the challenges that this piece offers in matching articulation and phrasing. A true simplistic, clean, and innocent work in which we aim for ease and effortlessness of sound. Enjoy!

Sonata for Two Clarinets (1918)
Francis Poulenc, arr. by Masahito Sugihara
This short chamber piece in three movements, originally for B-flat and A Clarinets, is a favorite of Awea. Poulenc was a master of writing for woodwinds, and this piece is evident of that in its wistful gestures and sprightly embellishments. The delicate second movement is a stunning kaleidoscope of color and exploration of phrasing for the duo. This is truly a treasure in our woodwind repertory, and we are thrilled that it is a possibility for the flute and alto saxophone combination.

Le Colloque des deux Perruches (1989)
Jean Francaix, arr. by Masahito Sugihara
Originally a duo for alto flute and C flute, this piece is well-suited for the flute and alto saxophone pairing, in fact, the alto saxophone plays the exact alto flute part! Francaix is known for his challenging technical wind writing, and this piece is no exception. Translated to “A Conversation Between Two Parakeets”, this piece is just that – a fun, quick-witted, and cheeky dialogue between friends.

Different Worlds, in Two Parts, for Flute and Alto Saxophone (2012)
Tyler Kline
One of our first commissions, we are excited to program this work on our album!
From Tyler: The piece is a reflection of a trip to China I was fortunate enough to take in the early summer of 2012. I had never been out of the United States, and visiting eastern Asia was quite a culture shock - definitely different from the world I'm used to. While there, I recorded street and temple sounds that directly influenced the melodic material of this work. From the slow and meditative first part to the aggressive and exciting second part, Different Worlds is a kaleidoscope of mood and style.

Intaglio (2016)
Emilie Cecilia LeBel
This work explores the exquisite palette of timbre and color available to the flute and alto saxophone combination. We are proud to feature a Canadian Woman composer on our album.
From Emilie: Intaglio is the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised onto a surface. The incised line, or sunken area, holds the ink. It is the direct opposite of a relief print.

Four Flips for Flute and Alto Saxophone (2014)
Mark Zanter
From Mark: There are many possible musical interpretations of the word flip. These include various forms of inversion; pitch, texture, contour rhythm etc., and other notions such as the flipping of roles from primary to secondary, foreground to background, solo or accompaniment. The Four Flips for Awea duo employs many these musical techniques, but I have to confess that when the title occurred to me I was thinking more about the work’s difficulty, it physicality, and kinetic quality; that perhaps a performance of the work might require the musicians to literally flip or even “flip out.”
If one does a search for flip; flip flop often pops up under an unusual array of topics from athletics, to graphic design; pharmacology to analytical geometry. In many of these cases flip flop implies that a result was obtained that was different from what was expected. In some ways this interpretation is also valid.

Shade of Darkness, for Flute and Tenor Saxophone (2013)
Mari Takano
This piece is a chamber arrangement of excerpts from a contemporary opera by Japanese composer Mari Takano. The original opera, The Snow Queen, is based on a story by a Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. This particular arrangement comes from the Snow Queen’s Aria in Act III, Scene I, in which the Snow Queen sings about the fear of her impending downfall and the risk of losing Kai, a boy whom she captured and put under a curse. This work was composed for Awea Duo in 2013 and it is the only piece in our repertoire that uses alto flute and tenor saxophone.

Jennifer Brimson Cooper and Mas Sugihara share a passion for chamber music and enjoy a productive and exciting musical partnership. The Awea Duo is committed to promoting music for the flute and saxophone through performing existing works, transcriptions, and commissioning new repertory. Formed in Summer 2012, Awea Duo has been recognized for their extraordinary sensitivity, lyricism, energy, fine balance and variety of colors. It has performed in Brazil, Canada, and across the U.S. at multiple universities and conferences including the National Flute Association Convention, NASA Regional and National Conferences, and Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. Awea Duo is committed to expanding available literature for this unique instrumentation while having a great time working and performing together!

Recorded at Wire Road Studio in Houston, TX on November 24 and 25, 2017
Recording Engineer: Brad Sayles
Editing and Mixing: Brad Sayles
Mastering: Brad Sayles
Producer: Graham Tobin

The production of this album was made possible by a generous support from Sam Houston State University Enhanced Research Grant. Special Thanks to Ellie Parker for helping out with the recording session.

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