27-3-2021

Canto Ostinato

Enjoy the most popular composition in Dutch history played by no less than eight saxophones in a seemingly endless game.

The saxophone comes in many guises: from the scintillating, high sopranino to the well-known soprano, alto, tenor and baritone all the way to the rough-grained, fat sound of the bass saxophone. They are all represented in Het Nederlands Saxofoon Octet (The Dutch Saxophone Octet).

Het Nederlands Saxofoon Octet plays the wildly popular Canto Ostinato. A carefully selected set of notes develops through 8 mouths, along 16 hands and 80 fingers. In an organic way rhythm and melody become more complex and again simple, noisier and again calm, emphatic and again serene. The musicians follow each other or take another initiative in a seemingly endless game. Het Nederlands Saxofoon Oxtet made, with the approval of the Ten Holt heirs, a version of air and keys.

This performance is preceded by a short introduction by one of the octet members.