heteronym/ (2016)

Dedication: PRISM Saxophone Quartet

Duration: 7 minutes

Premiere: January 29 2017 | PRISM  Quartet | Waltham MA

Performance: April 3 2018 | PRISM Quartet | Ypsilanti MI

Instrumentation: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones

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heteronym noun /ˈhedərəˌnim/
definition: two or more words that are spelled identically but have different sounds and meanings.

The work heteronym/ is inspired by Singlish and other languages and dialects spoken in Singapore. An example of a heteronym typically heard in Singapore is le, which can be  了 in Chinese or leh in Singlish. The three saxophone quartets — homonym (2013), heteronym/ (2016) and cryptonym: (2018) may be performed one after another.

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