Igor Lunder
Šahovska partija za dva orkestra saksofonov
 
  (The Chess Game for Two Saxophone Orchestras)  
     
  The Chess Game for Two Saxophone Orchestras is a musical setting of the chess game, played by Robert James Fischer (USA) and Bent Larsen (Denmark) at the Portorož Interzonal tournament, on 16th August 1958. Each saxophone orchestra represents one player – the white orchestra a player with white pieces (Fischer), the black orchestra a player with black pieces (Larsen). Each saxophone in the orchestra represents a certain piece: Sopranino – Queen, 2 Sopranos – Bishops, 8 Altos – Pawns, 2 Tenors – Knights, 2 Baritones – Rooks and Bass – King.

The composition is about 80 minutes long. It consists of 64 short movements, each of them representing individual moves in the game (2 introductory movements, 61 moves and the Black’s resignation). Each move(ment) features a soloist within the orchestra – the one that represents the piece in question. Each piece has its own characteristic motif, which appears in all of its moves. The composition uses complex rhythmics, which emphasizes the dramatic atmosphere of the match, and by using numerous unconventional playing techniques, it presents interesting sound effects.
 
 
 
 

PROGRAMME:
 
 
 
 
- Team White - Team Black
- 1. e4 - 1... c5 (Sicilian defense)
- 2. Nf3 - 2... d6
- 3. d4 - 3... cxd4
- 4. Nxd4 - 4... Nf6
- 5. Nc3 - 5... g6 (Dragon variation)
- 6. Be3 (Yugoslav attack) - 6... Bg7 (The Dragon bishop)
- 7. f3 - 7... 0-0
- 8. Qd2 - 8... Nc6
- 9. Bc4 - 9... Nxd4
- 10. Bxd4 - 10... Be6
- 11. Bb3 - 11... Qa5
- 12. 0-0-0 - 12... b5
- 13. Kb1 - 13... b4
- 14. Nd5 - 14... Bxd5
- 15. Bxd5 - 15... Rac8
- 16. Bb3 - 16... Rc7
- 17. h4 - 17... Qb5
- 18. h5 - 18... Rfc8
- 19. hxg6 - 19... hxg6
- 20. g4 - 20... a5
- 21. g5 - 21... Nh5
- 22. Rxh5 - 22... gxh5
- 23. g6 - 23... e5
- 24. gxf7+ - 24... Kf8
- 25. Be3 - 25... d5
- 26. exd5 - 26... Rxf7
- 27. d6 - 27... Rf6
- 28. Bg5 - 28... Qb7
- 29. Bxf6 - 29... Bxf6
- 30. d7 - 30... Rd8
- 31. Qd6+ - Black resigns
 
         
 

CONCERTS:
 
     
 
12. 7. 2018, Zagreb, Croatian National Theatre (18th World Saxophone Congress) by SOS Saxophone Orchestra and Hungarian Saxophone Consort (cond. Miha Rogina)
 
         
     
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