Snake & Ladder was inspired by Jess Gillam’s virtuosic acrobatics as a saxophonist. It is a short, fast and playful piece for solo saxophone with optional live electronic processing that explores the range of the instrument. It is comprised of winding, chromatic lines that are at first characterised be articulated jumps - up the ladders - and then interspersed with legato descending lines - slipping down. Thank you to the Cheltenham Festival for this opportunity to write a new piece for Jess.
(c) Anna Clyne, 2019