for alto saxophone, piano, tam-tam, and fixed stereo audio
Life is a short dream. Sometimes, it takes us on unexpected paths, and hazy understandings of what is truly happening within the structures of the mind and physical universe, but we fall short every time we attempt to understand the enigma of life. Often, we look to an unknown power for guidance or truth, but we never fully realize our own questions. This power varies from individual to individual, but ultimately, we must place our faith in anything, even if it is in the ever-present continuity of the universe itself.
Apotheosis and Epilogue represents this one-sided conversation, with someone or something beyond our realm of understanding. Oftentimes, we externalize our internal search for deeper meaning, to better contemplate the most intimate understanding of ourselves. Solving the problems of our inner nature may have eluded us since the birth of humanity, yet we still strive for answers. This piece presents a progression of thought, unraveling the inner mysteries of resolution, truth-seeking, and the urges and needs of family and friends that have been left behind. This quasi-soliloquy of the main voice, a lone saxophone, looks forever outside and forward for guidance, deeper understanding, or anything that offers an explanation.
dedicated to the memory of Oscar Arturo Hernandez
commissioned and premiered by Alfredo Deleon