• Brian Elias
  • Arioso (2019)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music

  • barsx
  • 7 min

Programme Note

Grove’s Dictionary defines Arioso as “Italian. Like an aria, melodious. A singing as opposed to a declamatory style of performance: a short passage in a regular tempo in the middle of a recitative”. I have used this operatic convention, sometimes employed in instrumental music, as an idea for the form of this short piece for unaccompanied baritone saxophone; the music alternates between lyrical and quasi-recitativo sections.

Arioso was written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Academy of Music. The piece lasts approximately 7 minutes and is dedicated to David Zucchi.

Programme note © 2019 Brian Elias