What Nobody Expected

for tenor saxophone and tape

2011, 7-10 minutes

What Nobody Expected by nissim schaul

Recording by Thomas Rabaud

Live performance by Pedro Bittencourt

...Our chief weapon is surprise, surprise and fear, fear and surprise. Our two weapons are fear and surprise... and ruthless efficiency. Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency... and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope. Our *four*... no... Amongst our weapons... Amongst our weaponry... are such elements as fear, surprise - I'll come in again!


...Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms - Oh damn...

(Cardinal Ximenez's obsessive elaboration, reiteration, and reinterpolation is what this piece is all about.)


If you are interested in a score and the digital support (audio, Max patch) for What Nobody Expected, please contact Nissim.


  • Premiere: June 9, 2011 by Pedro Bittencourt at the University of Paris 8 in St-Denis, France.
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