edication: PRISM 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.