Collin Nossek’s Sonata, in four movements, is a wonderful showcase for the adventurous soprano saxophonist. Featuring lots of unique harmonies and flashy, yet reserved, solo writing, it is a surefire way to win over your audience.
The first movement depicts the mountains in the north of Tucson, and has a majestic, almost magical quality. The second is a tongue-in-cheek rondo meant to represent the traffic and frustration I associate with driving to my favorite coffee shop (where I do most of my composing) east of my house in Tucson. The third movement looks to the west, and the incredible sunsets which turn the entire sky orange. This movement uses one main musical idea which is stated with different harmonies accompanying it, representing the way the buildings seem to change and take on a new life in the glow of the sunset. And the final movement, Nightlife, is an energetic closing which borrows from several genres and depicts Downtown Tucson, south of the U of A campus.