The Butterfly

1996, Revised 2018 | soprano/alto saxophone; soprano/clarinet or soprano/bassoon.

2023 | mezzo-soprano/alto saxophone; mezzo-soprano/clarinet; mezzo-soprano/bassoon.

Poem by Pavel Friedmann (1921-1944), a child killed in the Holocaust.

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Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • the opening sax solo can be very free in tempo.
  • in 34 -35 there can be a bit of an accel, but then stretch again in 36.
  • 40 the tempo can stretch a bit but resume the a tempo in 41.
  • 61, the broaden should come nearer the end of the measure.
  • the voice should “float” from 76-77.
  • 85 into 86, there should be a cresc. to forte.