Schema for soprano saxophone and electronics (2006)

by Bruce Christian Bennett

Hear an excerpt from SchemaSchema_excerpt.mp3 (MP3)

Download the score: Schema.pdf

Program Notes

Schema, a piece for soprano saxophone and electronics, was composed for my friend and colleague, Michael F. Zbyszynski during the fall of 2006.

The idea for the piece began back in 2001 when I heard of Xenakis' passing. I quickly wrote down a simple tetrachord of interlocking tritones thinking it representative of "X." Most of the material for Schema is derived from this tetrachord, either by ring modulation, frequency modulation, or the construction of artificial modes. This simple harmonic germ slowly expands over the first several minutes of the piece and also brings the work to a close.

Performance History