Garden of Follies (2006)

scored for alto sax and piano
duration 12 minutes

The title of this work makes use of the term “follies” in its very specific, architectural sense. A folly is any small, purposeless structure—often a garden pavilion—built in an extravagant, fanciful, or exotic style. These five pieces for saxophone and piano are musical follies first in the sense that they are all miniatures, and second in that each was constructed in its own unique and—given the recent trajectory of my work—exotic style. I made no attempt to unify them as a set, and they share nothing in common except perhaps an extravagant disunity with one another.


Garden of Follies was commissioned by the Society of Composers, Inc. and ASCAP.