Canfield: Fisherman of the Fragrant Harbor for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Code: JP4024 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0009-3
This composition for alto saxophone and piano was intended to be a significant contrast to the other works that the composer had written for Kenneth Tse, all of which were virtuosic showpieces for the saxophone. The present work, then, is simplicity itself, conceived to be a work of direct appeal for both performer and listener. The title derives in part from the birthplace of the dedicatee, Hong Kong, which in English can be translated as "fragrant harbor." The "fisherman" part of the title came from a Japanese website that had an article about Tse that the composer wanted to read. Using a Google translation program, he translated the article into English, but noted with considerable amusement that every time that Tse's name was mentioned, it was translated as "fisherman." Composed in 2007 for and recorded by Kenneth Tse. Duration approximate 4.5 minutes.