Goss | Motherlands for guitar and soprano saxophone
Goss | Motherlands for guitar and soprano saxophone

Goss | Motherlands for guitar and soprano saxophone

Model: DO 1280 UPC: 9782895038290 ISBN: 9782895038290
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Composer: Stephen Goss
Model: DO 1280
Instrumentation: Suprano saxophone (or viola) and guitar
Level: Advanced
16 pages + separate parts
Publisher: Doberman

soprano saxophone (or viola) and guitar

Motherlands was commissioned by two friends of mine, Joyce Berman and Henry Sanger. They wanted a piece that was somehow connected with their roots, their motherlands. Henry, an American with a Methodist upbringing, and Joyce, with Jewish and Russian roots, suggested many hymns, folksongs and traditional songs for me to adapt that had a special connection with their distant childhoods. This initial idea led me to think more about migrations, both forced and chosen. Displacement seems to be a present-day epidemic, and a return to an imagined Arcadian homeland is a fantasy shared by many. Motherlands is about this reflective, internalised, and personal nostalgia. I present this as an antidote to the far more destructive restorative, external, and societal nostalgia; represented by national and nationalist revivals all over the world. After an initial Incantation for the solo saxophone or viola, Motherlands explores a number of musical traditions from Klezmer and folk music to hymns and spirituals. Sometimes I use traditional melodies in their entirety (Roah Veroh), at others I use fragments from several sources to generate new melodies (Hymn).

Dedicated to Joyce Berman and Henry Sanger. First performance, Michael Brockman – soprano saxophone, and Michael Partington – guitar, 13th March 2019, Brechemin Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA.


  • Model: DO 1280
  • Manufactured by: d'Oz/Doberman
  • Condition: New
  • UPC: 9782895038290
  • ISBN: 9782895038290
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