Arabesque for Solo Alto Saxophone (1990)

Programme Note: John Buckley

Arabesque for solo alto saxophone was written for and is dedicated to Kenneth Edge. The work was completed in 1990 and was first performed by Kenneth Edge in the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall, Dublin in November 1991.

The title refers to the ornate and elaborate ornamentation of the melodic line which runs right through the piece. Arabesque is in a single movement with extremely fast and vigorous opening and closing sections enclosing a slower more lyrical middle section.