Canfield: Norwegian Rhapsody after Grieg for Saxophone Quartet [SATB]
Code: JP4106 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0631-6
Norwegian Rhapsody after Grieg, is the 16th work in David DeBoor Canfield's 'After' series, and was written for the Zzyzx Saxophone Quartet. Although no actual music by Grieg was used in this work, the spirit and "joie de vivre" of the Norwegian master's work was Canfield's guiding principle. He also attempted to capture something of Grieg's melodic contour and harmonies. The work is structured in five main sections played without pause. Each is also based upon a different ersatz Norwegian folk tune of Canfield's own creation, although the final section is clearly modeled on Grieg's 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'from his Peer Gynt. This modeling is suggested both in the short quotes from its theme and the fact that the tempo increases to a frenzy at the conclusion of the piece.