Wind Ensemble

Chamber Music

Unquiet Spirits

Songs from the
       End of the World

Strange Humors:
       sax version

Strange Humors:
       clarinet version

Strange Humors:
       string version

Sax Concerto:
       piano reduc.


Hymn to a Blue Hour:
       trombone ens.




Rush Hour

Voices & Echoes

Breakdown Tango

Elegy and Fantasie

Vocal Music


Music for Theater

Works in Progress


Unquiet Spirits (2012)

Audio & Score

for saxophone quartet
duration: 14'

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Commissioned by the ZZYZX Saxophone Quartet

Commissioned by the Zzyzx Quartet in 2012, Unquiet Spirits is the first original, multi-movement work for saxophone quartet by American composer John Mackey. It premiered at the 36th annual Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in 2013. The piece's title reflects the unsettled and unsettling moods evoked in the three movements. The restless first movement propels the ensemble to a climactic bout of raucous rhythmic gestures. The second movement is an off-kilter dance, featuring acrobatic counterpoint throughout the ensemble and an eerie, waltz-like middle theme. Finally, the third movement is a fiendish moto perpetuo, described by the composer as a "barn burner." The ensemble trades incessant sixteenth-note runs and jarring syncopated rhythms in a swirl of mixed meters. The tenor saxophone tries to lure the group into a sinewy melody, but is soon swamped by the ensemble's relentless motion.