The Jester, the Artist, and the Little Lion for Alto Saxophone (or Clarinet), Cello, and Piano

2005 | Commissioned by World-Wide Concurrent Premieres, Inc. | 16 minutes

Score and parts available from Edition Peters.

The Jester, the Artist, and the Little Lion…is one of Howard Frazin’s best works. Elegant and attractive, it inhabits a slightly clouded tonal world that ably weds aspects of Leonard Bernstein and Olivier Messiaen. There’s plenty of intricate textural detail that pleases, too—it’s charming without being lightweight.
—David Cleary, New Music Connoisseur


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  • American Tribute Concert

    The Meiningen Trio
    Taylor House
    Jamaica Plain, MA
    April 15, 2016

  • Groupmuse

    Nicholas Davies, clarinet
    Aaron Wolff, cello
    Christopher Staknys, piano
    Frieda L. Stein Music Studio
    Somerville, MA
    June 7, 2014

  • International Woodwind Festival 2007

    Jonathan Cohler, clarinet
    Julia Bruskin, cello
    Eliko Akahori, piano
    Boston Conservatory
    Seully Hall
    Boston, MA
    June 5, 2007

Performed by 65 different groups worldwide in 2005–06, including:

  • Longy Faculty Artist Concert

    Philipp Staeudlin, alto saxophone
    Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello
    Laura Kennedy, piano
    Pickman Hall
    Cambridge, MA
    November 9, 2005

  • Longy SeptemberFest

    Philipp Staeudlin, alto saxophone
    Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello
    Laura Kennedy, piano
    Pickman Hall
    Cambridge, MA
    September 17, 2005

  • USC Faculty Recital

    Clifford Leaman, alto saxophone
    Robert Jesselson, cello
    Charles Fugo, piano
    University of South Carolina School of Music
    Columbia, SC
    April 16, 2005

  • Maison du Mexique

    Jorge Hoyo, alto saxophone
    Marie Schmit, cello
    Fernanda Ortega, piano
    Paris, France
    March 28, 2005

  • Composers in Red Sneakers

    Kenneth Radnofsky, alto saxophone
    Thomas Kraines, cello
    John McDonald, piano
    St. Paul’s Church
    Brookline, MA
    March 20, 2005

  • New England Conservatory Faculty Artist Concert (Premiere)

    Kenneth Radnofsky, alto saxophone
    Lauren Radnofsky, cello
    John McDonald, piano
    Jordan Hall
    Boston, MA
    February 22, 2005