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Andante for alto saxophone and piano

Concert piece (4:17 min) · 2021

The “Andante for alto saxophone and piano” is a commissioned composition by classical saxophonist Hannah Koob, which was composed, premiered and first played for her debut CD “Die Fremde” (you can hear a foretaste in the video from 00:00 – 00:50 minutes).

The work deals with the multifaceted aspects and emotions of the stranger and processes them in several parts in the joint playing between alto saxophone and piano.

It was created in close collaboration with the two performers and thus gave me the opportunity to let their diverse reflections and associations flow into the conception and realization of the composition. In doing so, it was important not to exceed a targeted length as a conceptual framework.

In addition to the CD recording, the work is now part of various concert programs.

The release concert of the CD took place on 19.11.2021 in the “Westvest 90-kerk” in Rotterdam.

Photo: Eduardus Lee

Hannah Koob

German Saxophonist Hannah Koob was described as a musician with „a warm and singing sound even in the extreme registers, the ability to create long vocal passages, a flexible tone-colour and, a very accomplished technique“.

Saxophone lessons for several years with Christine Rall (member of the Raschèr saxophone quartet) provided her a deeper knowledge about the classical saxophone played in the tradition of the saxophone pioneer Sigurd Raschèr. To gain detailed knowledge she attended many masterclasses in Europe.

In 2016, she moved to Tilburg, Netherlands, where she is studying at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts with Andreas van Zoelen.

For Hannah, one of the most important responsibilities for the future of the classical saxophone is playing new music. There are so many unexplored avenues for the instrument which is why she specialized in modern repertoire.

As important as playing new music is making chamber music for her. Hannah holds the chair for tenor saxophone in the BRON saxofoonkwartet since 2016 and plays regularly with symphony- and string orchestras.

As an orchestral musician Hannah was playing with, amongst others, Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, SWR Symphonieorchester and the Staatskapelle Dresden.

As a soloist she has performed with orchestras like the Symfonieorkest Flevoland, Alkmaars Symfonieorkest, the Trajectum String Orchestra Utrecht and many more.

Hannah Koob was featured on national radio in the Netherlands and her past concerts have included performances at the World Saxophone congress in Zagreb, Croatia in 2018 and the Schostakowitsch Tage in Gohrisch in 2019.


Alto saxophone
Hannah Koob

Martien Maas

Toon IJzerman

Recorded and produced by
Frerik de Jong

7 Mountain Records