Instrumentation: saxophone sextet (SAATTB)
Duration: 7 minutes
Year composed: 2019
First performance: Salaya sax ensemble, NAFA Lee Foundation Theatre, Singapore, August 3rd 2019
Other performance: Salaya sax ensemble, 2019 The 2nd Asia Saxophone Congress, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai, China, September 19th 2019
Program note: 23 is inspired by Bangkok landscapes. The opening gesture contains all the material of the piece. The contrasting elements present here will be reconstructed little by little and expanded in a non linear way. The reconstruction is frequently interrupted by flashbacks and premonitions. The particular instrumentation of the saxophone sextet undergoes different treatments. Different combinations, such as playing as a whole, playing individually, and playing as a triple duo are employed, as the saxophones, with their particular timbre, recollect the original gesture.
This piece is warmly dedicated to Nitchan Pitayathorn.