Premiere performance by Vanessa Woolsey, saxophone, and Liping Xia, piano. April, 2018.
Alto Saxophone and Piano
Well is a creative re-imagining of the hymn tune It Is Well With My Soul for alto saxophone and piano, commissioned by Vanessa Woolsey, a student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Full of long lyrical lines and contrasting highly energetic and fast-moving passages, Well is a perfect fit for an accomplished undergraduate performer.
The piece begins with a simple texture of melody in the saxophone and block chord accompaniment in the piano, creating a serene atmosphere. After growing turmoil that is intensified by chromaticism and dialogue between the instruments, the piece eventually finds contentment again with a call and response between the piano and the soloist declaring It Is Well With My Soul.
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