David Noon- Coda

David Noon is one of the country's most played contemporary composers. Born of Pennsylvania Dutch, Welsh and American Indian heritage in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on 23 July 1946, he began playing the clarinet at the age of eight and later he played the bassoon, flute, piccolo and piano. He received his undergraduate degree at Pomona College, an M.A. in musicology at N.Y.U. and an M.M.A. and D.M.A. in composition from Yale University. His teachers have included Karl Kohn, Darius Milhaud, Charles Jones, Yehudi Wyner and Mario Davidovsky. He has received a Fulbright Fellow in 1972 and was composer-in- residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos New Mexico in 1976. Noon's other works for saxophone include ARS NOVA op. 67 (1982) for soprano saxophone and piano, PARTITA op. 103-B (1989) for soprano saxophone and guitar, and HYMN VARIATIONS op. 108 (1991) for soprano saxophone, violin, â??cello, and piano. Dr. Noon is currently Chairman of the Music History Department and Chairman of the composition Faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

CODA, op. 39 (1976)

When I taught theory and composition at the School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago, I was treated over and over again to concerts featuring some of the best student saxophonists in the world, students of Fred Hemke. Hemke suggested that I write a two-minute encore piece for one of his student saxophone quartets, a piece designed to be performed first at an international saxophone congress to be held in Germany. That was the beginning of my little CODA. The piece is a lively, quick-paced encore. CODA is dedicated to the Floridian saxophonist Jim Bishop, a former student of mine at Northwestern.

David Noon

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