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World Premiere of Vykintas Baltakas's Saxopho(e)nix

May. 01, 2019

World Premiere of Vykintas Baltakas's <em>Saxopho(e)nix</em>

On May 9, the Quasar Saxophone Quartet performs the world premiere of Vykintas Baltakas's Saxopho(e)nix. The concert will take place in Montréal at the Espace Aline-Letendre du Gesù. The composer notes:

"The title of the work is an amalgamation of the words Saxophone and Phoenix. In Greek mythology, the phoenix is ​​a beautiful bird that regenerates cyclically. Once a life cycle is over, the bird catches fire, before reborn through its own ashes. The shape of Saxopho(e)nix is ​​also cyclic, even circular. Through a continuous stream of vibratory sounds, each development brings us back to the original movement, where the sound material regenerates into cycles and unfolds again in a new way."

Listen to Baltakas' Commentum (2016) here:
(Commentum/Vykintas Baltakas/Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra/
Jonathan Berman, conductor/Francesco Dillon, solo violoncello)

For more information on Vykintas Baltakas, visit

Vykintas Baltakas
Saxopho(e)nix (2014)
for saxophone trio