Felix

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Felix is a six-minute saxophone quartet (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone) written in 1995. It is a contrapuntal showcase in which all four parts play an equal part in the invertible counterpoint, and inversion. The tempo is fairly fast throughout and calls upon the saxophonists to demonstrate their ability to create crisp and precise textural balance with carefully rendered articulations and dynamics. The title refers to the cartoon character Felix the Cat, and the animated images that were the first to come over the television tube when broadcasts began. I have been very influenced by the cartoon soundtracks I heard as a child and this piece is one of several of mine that betrays that interest.

© John Carbon 2015