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  1. Avatar Joseph Martin Waters
    October 16, 2018 @ 9:57 pm

    Thank you Ken!
    And a warm thanks to Ununseptium Michael Gerdes and the lovely musicians of the SDSU Symphony Orchestra for giving birth to my new saxophone concerto.

    “Tathātā Garden” is a tone poem, set in a garden, from sunrise to sunset, and by analogy a life from birth to death.

    When Michael asked me to write the piece I went to one of my favorite places, the side garden of my house (which is a very unusual house built into the side of the mountain). It’s a place where I meditate every day.
    Which means becoming tuned to that place, not taking it for granted, becoming aware of every sound and all of the personalities in the garden: the birds, butterflies, insects, and plants – which I’ve gotten to know as a member of the community.

    I realized that the piece should be about that experience in the way Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” is about the intensity of sky or Monet’s “Water Lilies” the extraordinary in the ordinary.

    There is no program per se, except the very beginning is clearly a sunrise, the end is clearly a sunset – the middle is in some general way the adventure that goes on in a day and on a larger scale in a life, our journeys in love and our passions.

    There are a couple of places in the work where it goes into a poem of wind blowing through the trees which I find to be magical and overwhelmingly beautiful.
    I transcribed the garden’s inhabitants: mourning doves calling in the dawn, a lone mockingbird singing into the night, and others whose human names I don’t know, to provide melodic material for the saxophone and the woodwinds. Jozefius


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