From the bench of shadow

(
2009
)
Composer: Michael Matthews
for saxophone quartet

From the bench of shadow is a single movement work, one which focuses both on the individual lyrical qualities of each of the instruments, and on complex and quiet textures that use a kind of monophony as a recurring point of departure and return, and that branch off in between into polyphony. This idea of departure/return is broadly mirrored in the larger form of the piece, with quiet outer sections enclosing a dynamic central section.

The work was written in Berlin between October and December 2009; it is dedicated to the Quasar Quartet, who commissioned it with financial assistance from the Canada Council.