Cascade: A Rhapsody for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra

Joseph Breznikar / Sterling Sounds Music (1998)

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Cascade is a one-movement work which is an ongoing musical statement intended to invoke the mood and feel of blues and jazz within a structured classical setting.

A main theme is used throughout the piece but intertwined are other thematic ideas that in some way or other are related to the original.

The title is meant not only in reference to several thematic ideas "cascading" in and out of the piece and even at times overlapping each other, but also to indicate a free flowing of quasi-improvisational moments by the guitar over theme related harmonies by the brass and strings with percussion. The saxophone is also employed in such a setting.

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