"Romance for Alto Saxophone" by Elizabeth Raum was originally commissioned by the Canadian Music Competition as a test piece.
The work is lush and with rich harmonies of about 5 1/2 minutes in length and can be performed by moderately advanced performers.
Kurt Kellan, past principal horn with the Calgary Philharmonic, had often asked Elizabeth Raum to orchestrate this piece, so when the occasion arose for a new piece for the 2001 Prairie Festival of New Music, she decided to adapt the piece for Trombone and orchestrate it. The orchestration of single flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and strings works with solo horn, trombone, bassoon, viola, or cello.
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Raum has been commissioned by such prestigious organizations as the Winnipeg Ballet, the Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Nexus Percussion Ensemble, the Ottawa International Chamber
Music Festival, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Raum has a number of commercial CDs listed, including "how bodies leave ecstatic marks, a CD on which her "Dark Thoughts" was the winning entry for
Best Classical Composition for the 2008 Western Music Award.
Ms. Raum is included in the New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the New
Grove’s Dictionary of Opera, and the New Grove's Dictionary of Women Composers as well as numerous other publications.