Elusive Dreams

Instrumentation: SATB sax quartet and accordion
Playing time: 8'
Copyright 1995
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Elusive Dreams was written on the urging of Jean-Pierre Baraglioli and 4UATRE, his Paris-based saxophone quartet.  The original intention was to compose a piece using bandoneon, but it works as well with accordion, which is the version found here.  The piece recreates my own attempt to find an elusive tango that seems buried within the musical materials, textures, and timbres presented by the ensemble.  It might be possible to stretch the metaphor to the search for the elusive tango in all music.  Elusive dreams is recorded by Dee Langly, accordion, and the Ancia Saxophone Quartet on “Short Stories,” Naxos 8.559616.