Program Book 1997-1998 page 19
Concert III Program Notes

Marek Zebrowski writes that Valse-scherzo is a "creative arrangement" of a work by General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who was also an amateur musician. Valse is dedicated to the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York and the New Century Saxophone Quartet in commemoration and celebration of the 250'h birthday of Tadeusz Kosciuszko.

Mozart's Quartet K. 465 carries the nickname 'Dissonance' because of the opening few bars of the first movement. It is among the most beloved quartets of Mozart. Last season, we had so much fun performing the K. 590 quartet that we decided to include another Mozart masterpiece on this concert.

Perry Goldstein writes: "Blow! is an odd tapestry, woven of many seemingly refractory threads, but cohering, or so I hope. There is an aggressive and agitated opening that returns time and again. Then there is the blues, raw and unexpected, popping out of the texture. There is a chorale, heard and extended three times over the course of the piece: still, reflecting pools, among the piece's few moments of rhythmic rest. There is other music as well, not so clearly defined: the language of contemporary music conjoined with the bouncy syncopations of jazz, or classically oriented, rigorous counterpoint comprised of breezy lines that make jazzy harmonies. Blow! is a warm place for all these different styles to be together."

Harry Fackelman transcribed the Prokofiev for saxophone quartet. He first fell in love with the work when he was hired to perform the saxophone part with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Fackelman made this arrangement so that we could play Romeo & Juliet as often as we liked.

Facades was composed by Philip Glass for two soprano saxophones and string quartet. Sal Andolina transcribed this work for saxophone quartet at the request of his father to include a piece by Glass on our concert series. Mr. Glass is one of the most sought after living composers, and just completed a major work for saxophone quartet and orchestra.

Leila Lustig writes: "In the summer of 1984, the ASQ asked me what I was going to write for them next. I told them I would compose something in could sing in it, and they answered, "Of course!". Waiting for the muse to strike, I happened to read in The New York Times: "Still, if the pessimistic view is right, and if 'music' means an act of communication between musician and hearer, then our era is near the descending end of a great curve that was Western music. That thought carries with it a sadness that the perennial newness of Mozart can ever lighten but never quite assuage." (Will Crutchfield, July 8, 1984)

Talk about throwing down the gauntlet! After mentally composing a number of letters to the Times editor, I decided the only way to answer his taunt was in music.

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Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book Concert III Notes