From Viva Voce – a publication of the Frau und Musik archiv-
Frankfurt , Germany -July 2002
from the German
Lucky discovery by Susanne Geiger:
I would like to introduce …..discoveries from the area of
chamber music for woodwind instruments.
I recommend the following:
Australian composer Margaret S. Brandman composed a beautiful
piece ‘When Spirits Soar” for Alto or Soprano Saxophone
and Piano in 1997. A rare and exquisite arrangement (composition).
Born in 1951 M.S.Brandman received her musical education at the
Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Piano and Clarinet, and studied
composition at Sydney University.
In the prologue she writes: “ the soaring melodic lines
and the relaxed approach achieved created by moving away from
fixed time-signatures, entrains the listener to breathe deeply
resulting in a feeling of well-being.”
Apart from the peaceful and wide ranging melodies for the Saxophone,
accompanied by a prudent piano part, the composition includes
lively rhythmical episodes. However it presents itself as indeed
a meditative, tuneful piece which creates a feeling of well being
also for the participating musicians.