Song of the Bullfrogs (2005–2006)

for saxophone quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone) and tape

Dedicated to the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet

Commissioned by SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Score BDE

Duration: c. 12 minutes


First performance: Sunday 2 July 2006; New Music Indaba 2006, Grahamstown, South Africa; Stockholm Saxophone Quartet.

Programme note

The Stockholm Saxophone Quartet asked me to write them a piece during their previous visit to South Africa in 2002 and I wanted to have one ready for their 2006 visit. The premiere was scheduled for Sweden in March, but illness prevented me from completing the work in time. The piece was inspired by two frogs in Punda Maria (the northernmost camp in the Kruger Park) who duetted all night after the start of the torrential rains in January that resulted in many road closures and most of the animals simply hiding. But these two fellows croaked on, allowing me to capture them on my mini disc player, and they put in a guest appearance towards the end of the piece. It was commissioned by SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts and is dedicated to Sven, Jorgen, Leif and Per. It lasts about 101/2 minutes.