Inverse Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Piano

Commissioned by Daniel Pérez

Grade 5

Duration: 13 minutes

Instrumentation: soprano saxophone, piano


Inverse Concerto was commissioned by Daniel Pérez during the Summer of 2011. The idea behind the work was an inversion of stereotypical concerto form – instead of movements fast-slow-fast, the arc of the piece follows a slow-fast-slow pacing. This was an ideal form for the work, as Daniel wanted the concerto to focus on the lyricism and expressivity of the soprano saxophone instead of the usual focus on technical virtuosity that concerti exhibit. As a result, Inverse Concerto became a deeply introspective, nostalgic, and often angsty work where the soloist screams with desperation and laments with pathos.