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Major Button’s Last Stand

This is a song I had originally composed for the piano and violin but never got a chance to record. With my skilled French saxophonist at the ready, I decided to rework the piece for piano and alto saxophone. The result is a fast moving, dynamic melody that you can hear in the accompanying video. Since this also happened to be the last song I recorded in my old house (on Major Button’s Drive in Markham, Ontario), I decided to call the song ‘Major Button’s Last Stand’.

 

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Major Button’s Last Stand is a fast, dramatic piece in A minor. The time signature is 4/4 and the form is A-B-A-B. The piece starts with a fast passage made from running 16th notes, which is the A theme. After a while, the saxophone comes in, playing a tango-esqe melody over a drum-like bass. That is the B part. Then the A part return, but this time the saxophone is playing a lyrical counter melody. After that the B part returns and then an exciting passage played by the piano alone brings the piece to a big finish.

While I’m satisfied with how this song turned out, it would be interesting to contrast it with the original version for piano and violin. Maybe one day I’ll have a chance to record it. In the meantime, if you’d like to try, let me know and I’ll send you the score.

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