Lament of Autumn Leaves

Lament of Autumn Leaves (2012)
for Solo Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble

Award: Honorable Mention of the First Asia Pacific Saxophone Composition Competition (2015)

World Premiere:
June 12, 2013
National Taiwan University Band for Alumni
KHS Hall, Luzou, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Li-Chun Hsiao, alto saxophone
Shao-Dong Liu conducts National Taiwan University Band for Alumni
NTUBA for Alumni Cocert Poster

1 Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 1 English Horn, 3 Clarinets (Bb), 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 1 Contrabassoon, Solo Alto Saxophone, 1 Alto Saxophone, 1 Tenor Saxophone, 1 Baritone Saxophone, 3 Trumpets (Bb), 4 Horns, 2 Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba, 1 Double Bass, Timpani, Percussion 1 (5-Oct Marimba), Percussion 2 (Vibraphone, 2 Suspended Cymbals, Triangle). Note: No more than two players on each flute and clarinet part. No doubling on any other part.

Duration: 8 minutes

Program Notes

Lament of Autumn Leaves for solo alto saxophone and wind ensemble is inspired by the rare snowstorm that stroke the northeast coast of the United States in October 29, 2011.  The disaster resulted in causing more than three million people to live in the dark and freezing temperature without power and hot water, and almost one million people had suffered from power outage for more than one week.  Many trees broke under the heavy weight of snow borne by the remaining red leaves.  Snapped branches and fallen frozen red leaves rendered this autumn very sentimental.

Sorrow implodes within the whole piece, for autumn leaves with their richness are suddenly reaped by the unpredictable snow.  As their beauty goes wasted and unappreciated, what has been left is the utter brutality of the snow.  The chromatic downward harmonic progressions indicate the bleakness and devastation caused by the rare snowstorm, and the sentimental melody of saxophone is the mourning for the loss of the autumn’s harvest and beauty.

This piece is a wind ensemble version from the second movement of my Walking on the Falling Leaves and Snow for alto saxophone and piano.

This is the world premiere recording.




– Feng-Hsu Lee (February 15, 2012 West Hartford, CT)

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