Monologue (to student loans) is exactly that. It was originally composed for solo bassoon. Since good friend and colleague Benjamin Rovelo asked me to play in his recital, I thought he’d be able to return the favor. (Sorry, Ben.) The piece depicts any college student’s struggle with their impending debt sentence and the nightmare of how long it will take to pay it off. Some markings in the piece include: “With uneasiness and a package of Ramen Noodles”, “Slightly more insane”, “Reluctantly having to default on payments”, and “At least I’m not the only one”. This is my last-ditch effort to express my disdain for student debt.
Instrumentation: baritone saxophone or bassoon