Delirium

Written: 2008

Price: $25

Commissioned By: Spectrum Saxophone Quartet: Jon YuhaszPratt, Jordan Van Hemert, Cassandra McKindles, & Alexandrea Surinck

Duration: ca. 14:00

Grade Level: 5

 

When I fall ill in the process of composing a new work, motives, themes, & progressions cycle though my head repetitively as I lie in bed tossing and turning, struggling to fall asleep.  Delirium is my musical telling of what I experience through the night; Fevers, Restlessness, Delusions, Intoxications, and finally (Un)Consciousness.

A two-note motif, a major and/or minor second apart, can be heard through all five movements, representing the “Delirium Motif.”  This motive symbolizes the music that taunts me as I yearn for sleep.

Delirium is Montoya’s first work for saxophone and is written for and dedicated to the Spectrum Saxophone Quartet: Jon YuhaszPratt, Jordan Van Hemert, Cassandra McKindles, & Alexandrea Surinck.