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Autopsy of a God for Alto Saxophone & Piano (2019)

Title: Autopsy of a God

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Alto Saxophone & Piano 

Duration: 5' 00"


Commissioned by and written for Lewis Banks as part of "Afterlife" for Alto Saxophone and Piano.


Autopsy of a God is the 4th movement in a larger series of works called Afterlife (written for Alto Saxophone and Piano) which is inspired by David Eagleman’s short story cycle ‘Sum: Forty tales from the afterlives’ that comprises of several speculative stories that postulate a diverse range of scenarios in which humans might find themselves in the afterlife.


Autopsy of a God is based on the chapter entitled “Scales”, which details God’s battle with cancer and his revelation that we humans constitute the material that forms his affliction, right down to the smallest atom. However, in his acceptance that we shape the definition of His demise, he realises that we too face our own cancers and are destroyed by even smaller tumours that form these cellular mutations. Therefore, this movement attempts to capture a sense of malignant self-destruction by exploring the significance of musical scales (in homage to György Ligeti) in a kind of harmonic autopsy with the intention of discovering the core cause of this metaphorical cancer.

Autopsy of a God for Alto Saxophone & Piano (2019)

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