New Stories
for alto saxophone and piano

Dorothy Chang
Dorothy Chang
Composition Date: 2013
Revision Date: 2014
Duration: 00:16:00
Genre: Woodwinds, + Keyboard, Saxophone


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Saxophone
  • 1 x Piano
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Programme Note:
New Stories is a reflection on the various musical influences and experiences I’ve had as a second generation Chinese American who has lived in both North America and Asia. Chinese folk songs, 80’s pop ballads and marching band music are equally a part of my musical identity, as is the influence of composers ranging from Bach, Brahms and Stravinsky to more recent contemporary composers. The four movements that comprise New Stories are personal musical narratives that result when these diverse elements are embraced and woven together in various ways.

The first movement, “Floating Worlds”, begins with two primary musical elements: a very quiet and sustained note in the saxophone and a chain of piano chords moving slowly beneath. The chords are tonally ambiguous and only loosely connected, as if floating independently in a hazy harmonic world. From this opening, the harmonies thicken and gradually become more grounded as the saxophone spins out long, lyrical lines.

The second movement, “A Tall Tale Told”, begins with a simple melody that has a dance-like, scherzo quality. As the movement progresses the melody is repeated, embellished and distorted, eventually building to a peak of unexpected intensity.

The title of the third movement “Reflection”, is a play on two meanings of the word: self-reflection, in that the movement is very still, intimate and contemplative, and reflection as an image or representation, in this case that of traditional Chinese music. The borrowed elements, however, are merely blurred and indistinct shadows of ‘genuine’ Chinese music, being filtered through layers of cultural distance and other influences.

The closing movement, “Folksong” is fast and energetic, bringing together elements from a wide variety of music that have helped to shape and define my own musical voice.

Premiere Information:
East Lansing, Michigan
Cook Recital Hall
18 Feb 2014
Joseph Lulloff, saxophone; Yu-Lien The, piano


  • Call Number:
  • MI 5215 C456ne
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, + Keyboard, Saxophone
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 20, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (30 p.) ;
    30 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 18
    1 part ([18] p.) ;
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by Joseph Lulloff and the Fromm Music Foundation.

    1. Floating Worlds
    2. A Tall Tale Told
    3. Reflection
    4. Folksong
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