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for Soprano Saxophone & Piano
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Sherwood, Oregon - 2017)
Commissioned by and dedicated to Idit Shner
Made possible by a University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award


. . . one of Oregon’s brightest emerging voices,
her striking contribution . . . blends the sax's squawky side with
spare, melancholy passages to traverse a complex emotional landscape.

- Brett Campell, Willamette Week; Eugene Weekly

“The most abstract piece of the album, Saturation by Andrea Reinkemeyer, displays Idit Shner's soprano saxophone prowess. Shner creates a mysterious and dark atmosphere, reminiscent of a timeless cinematic thriller. The further I proceeded into the piece, the more I feared that I would be snatched and murdered! The objective of any artist is to move the listener, to paint a picture in the imagination. Her ability to elicit fear, and indeed anxiety, is the mark of a true talent.”
- Nicholas May, thesaxophonist.org Magazine (July / August 2019)

Program Notes:

Saturation for Soprano Saxophone and Piano (2017) explores sonic and emotional saturation points, especially those moments when it feels like adding anything to the mix would cause the rest to unravel. In the early months of 2017, tensions were running high, and the winter was wet, even by Oregon standards. The monotonous and continuously driving rain cast a dark pall over everything; eventually, the ground and rivers swelled, unable to absorb even a drop more. In many ways, nature mirrored strain in my life, so the form of this work unfolds similarly over three sections. In the first, Waiting, worrying, listening, the music is slow, bare, and resonant. The second section, Faster (If I say it often enough, does it become true?), processes the opening ideas within a churning rhythmic landscape. The third section, the pain travels with you, transforms the opening ideas into a lament.

Saturation was commissioned by Idit Shner, made possible through a University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award. She premiered the work with Grace Eunhye Choi while on tour at Indiana University, Michigan State, University of Michigan, Linfield College, and University of Oregon (September 14-29, 2017).

Performance Materials:

Andrea Reinkemeyer and Jamie Sampson discuss Saturation starting at 37:58:


Premiere Performance:

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Program (More info)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 12:00 p.m.
Michigan State University, School of Music
Cook Recital Hall (More info)

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 8:00 p.m.
University of Michigan, School of Music
Britton Recital Hall (More info)

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.
Linfield College Department of Music (McMinnville, Oregon)
Delkin Recital Hall, Vivian Bull Music Center (More Info)

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
University of Oregon, School of Music (Eugene, Oregon)
Beall Concert Hall (More Info)
Live stream

Tony Glausi • Another Sleepless Night (2017)
Andrea Reinkemeyer • Saturation (2017)
Olivier Messiaen (arr. Shner) • Le Merle Noir (1957)
Ziv Slama • Na'ama (נעמה (2017
Evan C. Paul • Minerva (2016)

Idit Shner, Soprano Saxophone
Grace Eunhye Choi, Piano


Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
New Music on the Bayou (info) Louisiana Tech, Department of Music (Ruston, Louisiana)
Stone Theatre (More Info)
Trevor Davis, soprano saxophone
Steel Moegle, piano

Recording Session:

Sunday, June 17, 2018
University of Oregon, School of Music (Eugene, Oregon)
Beall Concert Hall (More Info)
Idit Shner, Soprano Saxophone
Grace Eunhye Choi, Piano