Sonata for
Alto Saxophone and Piano

Year: 2012

Duration: 15’

Personnel: Alto Saxophone, Piano

Commissioned by, and dedicated to Andrew Steinberg.
Premiere: 18 November 2012
Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
Andrew Steinberg (saxophone) and Allison Brewster Franzetti (piano)


This piece, without a doubt, will make a major contribution to that [alto saxophone] literature. This three-movement work (fast-slow-fast) demonstrates a keen knowledge of the contemporary harmonic language, a beautiful sense of the saxophone’s range and the different qualities possessed by its registers, all connected by a forward motion that keeps the piece moving and makes the listener want more… Once again, Steve Cohen has made a great addition to the saxophone repertoire, giving us a piece that can just as easily become the favorite of a professional or a student.
— David Demsey, Saxophone Today, Jan/Feb 2016