Commissioned for Jeremy Brown and Timothy McAllister, with support from The Canada Council for the Arts.


17-18 minutes


Alto saxophone and piano

Whimsical Sketches of Fanciful Birds, Book 3:

     I. Caffeinated Robyn

     II. Corporate Puffin

     III. Charming Goldfinch

     IV. Love Birds

     V. The Angel and the Mockingbird

Book 3 is a continuation of my “Whimsical” series for alto saxophone and piano. Like Books 1 and 2, these movements are meant to be cartoon-like musical caricatures of various species of birds. With each bird, I personified them by associating the with amusing characteristics and personality traits that many of us could identify with. By doing so, this gave rise to many inventive musical ideas, opening up new possibilities of saxophone performance techniques while expanding my “Fanciful Bird” universe. The subtitles of each movement are self-explanatory regarding their narratives.

To order score and parts, please contact composer at vince@vinceho.com