Dan Goble & Russell Hirshfield | Hat City Sonata

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Hat City Sonata

by Dan Goble & Russell Hirshfield

Another wonderful composition for the saxophone by the renowned Belgian composer Piet Swerts, Hat City Sonata features flowing melodies, virtuosic technical passages, and blistering tempos.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hat City Sonata: I. Avowal and Scud
Dan Goble & Russell Hirshfield
7:24 $1.99
2. Hat City Sonata: II. Night Song
Dan Goble & Russell Hirshfield
5:36 $1.99
3. Hat City Sonata: III. Free Fall
Dan Goble & Russell Hirshfield
2:58 $1.99
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Album Notes
Hat City Sonata was composed by Piet Swerts for saxophonist Dan Goble and pianist Russell Hirshfield in 2013 after Goble and Hirshfield had performed Swerts' highly acclaimed work for saxophone and piano, Klonos, several times. Dr. Hirshfield contacted Mr. Swerts so see if the composer would be interested in collaborating on an extended work for saxophone and piano in the vein of a classic sonata. The resulting work, Hat City Sonata, is written in three movements: 1. Avowal and Scud; 2. Night Song; and 3. Free Fall.

Avowal and Scud is a movement in two parts, opening with an extended introduction that leads to an intense climax, followed by a gradual transition to "Scud," which literally means "move fast in a straight line as if driven by the wind." This aptly describes the remainder of the movement, which moves very fast indeed. Night Song is a beautiful ballad that eventually morphs into an intense display of virtuosic technique and power between the saxophone and piano, before it returns to end once again as a beautiful ballad. Free Fall moves from an intense introduction to a dialogue between saxophone and piano, ending in a flourish of powerful technical passages from both saxophone and piano.

Recorded May 5-6, 2016 in Veronica Hageman Concert Hall at Western Connecticut State University. Recorded, engineered and mastered by Judith Sherman with assistance from Jeanne Velonis. Dan Goble performed on a Selmer Series III alto saxophone and D'Addario Reserve Classic Reeds. Russell Hirshfield performed on a Hamburg Steinway, Model D piano.



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