Donald Stewart Innocent X
For saxophone quartet

Donald Stewart was born in Seattle in 1970, and grew up on the Salish-Kootenai reservation in Arlee. He attended Gonzaga University, majored in both music composition and broadcast studies, studying composition under J. Kevin Waters. He studied with Allen Sapp at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, then at the Accademian Chigiana in Siena under Franco Donatoni and at the GRuppo Aperto Musicale Oggi in Florence under Sylvan Bussotti.

He is currently working on a multimedia chamber opera, made possible by a grant form the King County Cultural Commission, commissions from the groups Quasar and Aventa, and a collaboration with Magnus Andersson, Rohan de Saram and Pascal Gallois. innocent X
pour quatuor de saxophones

...based on Francis Bacon's Study after Innocent X where the vertical striations creat a scrim hiding the subject matter..the scrim becomes part of the subject if glimpsing something below a surface concealed by wawes.

...bright reflections of the sun explode off the surface, temporarily breaking the view...creating a glimpse of the sun itself...a reverberation or afterglow, that slowly fades from your retina...

Donald Stewart innocent X was premiered by Quasar on March 13 2013 in Seattle as part of the Washington Composers Forum's Transport series.

 Innocent X'sCanadian premiere : April 24 2013 as part of concert Méchants Moineaux