San Gejtanu - Ian Stewart

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San Gejtanu - Ian Stewart


The parish of San Gejtanu is in Ħamrun, Malta, an area I knew well when I played in the San Gejtanu town band. Returning to Malta earlier this year reminded me of the music that was played on feast days and I that listened to when living there, the emphasis being on strong melodic themes and rhythmic accompaniment.
The second movement is the most obviously Mediterranean, with long minor key melodies played over a drone, contrasting with sections of bright triadic harmony. The work is in four movements and again a 60s influence is apparent in some sections. It is scored for soprano saxophone, 6 violins and 2 violas. I wrote this piece to feature the playing of Kyle Horch, the saxophone being a prominent instrument in Maltese town bands.

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