FLORENCE - Craig Alberty, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Francis Marion University, will have a composition entitled "Bricodeth" performed at the 2000 World Saxophone Congress July 5-9, 2000, in Montreal.
The work was created for a saxophone soloist with recorded accompaniment and will be performed by Dr. Kenneth Carroll, Instructor of Saxophone and Director of Bands at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The piece is "contemporary classical" or "art" music, divided into two sections -- a slow, lyrical beginning, followed by an energetic, rhythmic section.
"The solo part (saxophone) is very difficult and can only be played by an accomplished artist (virtuoso). The accompaniment is recorded synthesizers using an orchestral approach without using imitative sounds of orchestral instruments," Alberty said. Alberty has also been commissioned by Carroll to write a work for percussion and saxophone to be performed at the New Millenium Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance, set for March 7-10, 2000, in Tucson, Ariz.
Not yet sure what form that musical piece will take, Alberty knows it will be for solo saxophone with a percussionist playing a multitude of instruments, including several types of drums, "color" instruments (tambourine, triangle, castanets, etc.), and keyboard percussion (marimba, bells).
"The two performers are very capable," Alberty said. "I'll attempt to showcase their exceptional abilities."
Alberty also has had two works for concert band accepted for publication by TRN Music Publishers in Ruidoso, N.M., "A Jubilant Flourish" and "Air from County Derry." The FMU Wind Symphony performed both last year.
Alberty completed the fanfare to accompany the FMU Alma Mater, a tune known as "Chester," a Revolutionary War tune by William Billings. "The fanfare is an original composition based (loosely) on that tune," he said. The University of South Carolina Faculty Brass performed the fanfare at FMU's presidential inauguration of Dr. Luther F. "Fred" Carter on Aug. 27.