Well for Alto Saxophone and Piano


Well is a serene, yet challenging, composition for alto saxophone and piano. It features interplay between the instruments, interesting modulations, and beautiful melodies. (2018)



Premiere performance by Vanessa Woolsey, saxophone, and Liping Xia, piano. April, 2018.


6 min.


Alto Saxophone and Piano

Program Notes

Well is a creative re-imagining of the hymn tune It Is Well With My Soul for alto saxophone and piano, commissioned by Vanessa Woolsey, a student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Full of long lyrical lines and contrasting highly energetic and fast-moving passages, Well is a perfect fit for an accomplished undergraduate performer.

The piece begins with a simple texture of melody in the saxophone and block chord accompaniment in the piano, creating a serene atmosphere. After growing turmoil that is intensified by chromaticism and dialogue between the instruments, the piece eventually finds contentment again with a call and response between the piano and the soloist declaring It Is Well With My Soul.

For more information go to garretthope.com/well.


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