SAXOPHONE QUARTET

for four saxophones (SATB)

Duration:

15 minutes
 

Instrumentation:   

soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones

Year Composed:  

1999
 

Written For:            

Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

Commissioned By:

Fromm Music Foundation

Premiere Performance:

July 1, 2001
Freiburg, Germany
Rascher Saxophone Quartet
Carina Raschèr, soprano saxophone
Harry White, alto saxophone
Bruce Weinberger, tenor saxophone
Kenneth Coon, baritone saxophone

Movements:

Introduction

Recitative No. 1 - Alto

Circles

recitative No. 2 - Tenor

Evening Thoughts

Recitative No.3 - Baritone

Scherzo

Recitative No. 4 - Soprano

Finale

Program Notes:

The saxophone quartet as a musical medium is one of the richest in its contrasting colors, versatility and expressions. For me, Saxophone Quartet music is also the closest to the human choir. While writing my saxophone quartet I was intrigued to explore the ensemble’s technical, timbrel, rhythmical and lyrical aspects. The four saxophones can create a homogeneous texture, but can also express their own individuality and uniqueness. Therefore, the quartet consists of five movements, and four recitatives, one for each saxophone. The recitatives’ purpose is double: to feature one saxophone a time on one hand, and lead to the next movement on the other. Saxophone Quartet was commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation and received its first performance by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet.

 

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Lior Navok, composer | contemporary music composer | new music composer