Program notes for Rob Waring's "Breaking Point"

This piece for soprano saxophone and percussion was composed in 2000 on a commission from Vegard Landaas and Kjell Tore Innervik, who premiered it the same year in Oslo. The piece is essentially about restless energy and inexorable motion. Within each of the work's three sections, there is the feeling of trying to come free of constraints as intensity builds until reaching a breaking point.

During the course of the piece, the percussionist plays on 3 different setups:
1) vibraphone, 3 cymbals
2) 6 tom-toms
3) xylophone, 2 small tom-toms, 1 cymbal