Recent Projects

Three Angels

A graphic score for saxophone ensemble, using traditional notational elements.

Three Angels by Kenneth Wilkinson

The score of Three Angels is a representation of sound and texture rather than a prescription of sound. The composition is similar to a painting, comprising of a background texture, percussive interjections and a solo voice.

All the parts in Three Angels blend into an overall texture:
The solo melody is more haunting and distant than prominent.
The multiphonics are vocal in nature, some delicate, others almost like subdued screams, contrasted with percussive interjections.

The saxophone parts guide the player: fingerings for the required techniques are shown along with conventional notation for the solo melody.

2020 Performance by students of the Royal College of Music


'Somewhere, distant, the ancient mechanism of an old clock can only just be heard'.

A simple piece for one or more saxophones.

Fragile Dyads by Kenneth Wilkinson

This piece portrays a clockwork mechanism, relying on the performer/s creating an almost inaudible texture of soft sounds. It is most effective performed by an ensemble, as a greater number of saxophonists equals more mechanical complexity. It can be performed by any member or combination of the saxophone family.

A performance by students at the Greek International Saxophone Festival

Clockwork is free to download.

Click to Download

Fragile Dyads

Fragile Dyads: small fragile units of sound building up into a larger moving texture. Narrow bands of controlled instability, exhibiting fragility and flaws giving a natural life span.

Fragile Dyads by Kenneth Wilkinson

Reflecting the fragility and complexity of life, the dyads (two sounds played simultaneously) are produced using saxophone multiphonics. They are deliberately moderately difficult to play in order to introduce an element of struggle and fragility. Although the dyads can sustain they might eventually break. Each performer interprets the same graphic score, adding their individual voice to create an overall organic moving texture. The overall texture should be delicate, blended and subtle.

Part of a performance by students at the University of Huddersfield

It is a graphic score and can be performed by any number of alto saxophonists, including as a solo. This work is particularly effective in a reverberant space, especially if performers place themselves around the performance area.

Fragile Dyads is free to download.

Click to Download

Show more posts