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When we say that one of our commitments as a group is to promote the creation of new repertoire for saxophone quartet and to work with current composers, it’s not a joke. For the second year in a row, we have received support from the Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas y Música for composition commissions linked to premieres. Following the commission of the work Sax Quartet by the recent winner of the Premio Nacional de Música, Eduardo Soutullo, the renowned composer and conductor Salvador Brotons agreed to compose a work for us. On 17 and 19 November we had the pleasure of premiering it in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada (Catalonia) and Daimús (Valencia).

Resiliència. This is the title Salvador Brotons has given to the work he has done for us. A concept that, curiously enough, fits in perfectly with our current evolution as a group. From a distance, despite all the logistical and economic difficulties, resilience is a key element to continue building our project. This is how Salvador himself defines his new work and the concept that has brought it to life:

The title of the work is very Beethovenian in concept. Resilience is an encouraging and fighting motto. Despite all the adversities that we encounter in life we always have to fight to achieve our goals. In fact, the composition of a musical work has the same challenge: Often we find ourselves with several themes that grow overcoming difficulties, create conflict and we want to arrive at the end of the work convinced that the work will communicate, will be successful and will not leave the listener indifferent. This has been my intention in composing this quartet.

We could not be prouder to have provoked a composer of the stature of Salvador Brotons to write his second saxophone quartet after 44 years without writing for this ensemble. We hope to record the work very soon so that you can all listen to it.

As well as performing the premiere in two different places, we also took advantage of our last trip to Spain to meet Salvador, who listened to us and gave us interesting advice about his work. Thank you, Salvador!

After premiering the works Sax Quartet by Eduardo Soutullo, June by María José Fontán and Danses i Festes by Pau Cladera, with this new release we once again support national composers and give life to the saxophone quartet, a voice that every day has more weight in the music scene. Thank you, Salvador, for contributing to the saxophone world with your music. We wish Resiliència a long life, and we are sure it will accompany us in many other adventures.


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