homonym (2013)

Commission: Amigo Saxophone Quartet

Duration: 6 minutes

Premiere: July 6 2013 | Amigo Saxophone Quartet | Hong Kong

Performances: July 7 2013 | Amigo Saxophone Quartet | Macau
July 20 2013 | Amigo Saxophone Quartet | Singapore
January 11 2015 | New Thread Quartet | New York NY
July 8 2015 | Amigo Saxophone Quartet | Neerpelt, Belgium
July 10 2015 | Amigo Saxophone Quartet | Strasbourg, France
May 14 2016 | Ancia Saxophone Quartet | St Paul MN
May 15 2016 | Ancia Saxophone Quartet | Minneapolis MN
May 8 2017 | NEP Chamber Players | Boston MA (alternate instrumentation)
July 10 2018 | NAFA Saxophone Quartet | Zagreb, Croatia
August 11 2018 | NAFA Saxophone Quartet | Singapore

Instrumentation 1: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones

Alternate Instrumentation: string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello)

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homonym noun /ˈhäməˌnim,ˈhōməˌnim/
definition: two words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling

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

 

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