TITLE: Ari(rang) edgerton_arirang_1-title-w-cover
CAT# (YEAR COMPOSED): 85.a (2010)
INSTRUMENTATION: soprano saxophone

PREMIERE BY: Phillipe Arnaudet at the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Maison des Arts Georges Pompidou, Cajarc, France on November 25, 2010

RECORDING: Phillipe Arnaudet on November 25, 2010

NOTE: Ari(rang) is an abstraction from my recomposition of Arirang, which is part of a larger work titled Folk Songs for chamber ensemble (fl, cl, sax, tpt, euph, perc, vln, vla, vlc) & 5 solo voices, which are an hommage to the Folk Songs by Luciano Berio. However, in my collection folk songs, the texts have to do with workers songs and the life surrounding them, and compared to the Berio, these songs use more contemporary musical languages, expressions and techniques.
The folk songs include:
Arirang (Korea)
Ey, ukhnem! (Russia)
Hey Zhankoye (Yiddish)
Hoea Ra (Maori)
le temps des cerises (France)
Van Dieman’s Land (Australia)
Vem kan segla förutan vind? (Sweden)

Ari(rang) draws its inspiration from a Korean folk song of the same name, a song that is often regarded as the unofficial Korean national anthem. The work utilizes a number of techniques that are drawn from Edgerton’s extensive research into voice, acoustics and perception with many of the techniques required of the performer being largely unexplored territory for many modern saxophonists.Throughout the work, the performer is required to create various sounds with their air and voice that resonate outside of the saxophone.