As Light as Bird from Brier

Fantasy after Mendelssohn

Dan Welcher

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Instrumentation: Soprano Saxophone in Bb, Piano
Item Number: 164-00295
Number of Pages: 28
Duration: 10:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: In Print


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Dan Welcher’s fascinating work for soprano sax is both a refraction of Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and his own incidental music to Shakespeare’s comedy. The work’s title, As Light As Bird From Brier, quotes from Oberon (King of the Fairies) invoking revelry at the play’s climactic wedding scene. Welcher’s fantasy skips among the most beloved themes of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer, giving the saxophonist quite a workout and the listener a midsummer delight.

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