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Concert III Program Notes, continued

music for saxophone, including a Divertissement for saxophone and percussion as well as this Quatuor pour saxophones from 1969.

Quatuor pour saxophones is written using twelve-tone technique, but with a rather free, personal usage. In the introductory Elegie the four saxophones are presented individually. The composer gave his own instrument, the tenor saxophone, the honor of presenting the twelve-tone series upon which the music is based. The Scherzo is built on another series and is filled with rhythmic playfulness. The virtuosic finale is written in elegant, traditional rondo form.

The music of Dalasvit (1988) by Swedish composer Nils Lindberg (b. 1933) is based on folk music from the Dalarna region in southern Sweden. The work was commissioned by the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones. Skullbroddlek is a traditional wedding dance.

Mike Mower, baritone saxophonist with the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers, originally studied classical flute at the Royal Academy in London. His high energy arrangements provide many opportunities for improvisation.

In addition to producing classical and jazz CDs, his work as composer and arranger has included commissions for ensembles such as the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra, London, the NDR Big Band, Hamburg, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, and many classical and jazz ensembles throughout Europe.

Mower continues to add works to his catalogue which often bridge the gap between jazz and classical music, with the intention of producing music that is challenging, but always melodic and enjoyable to play.

Chick Corea (b.1941) has been one of the most significant pianists of the past thirty years. Corea was one of the top stylists to emerge after Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner. His work on electric piano and synthesizer is recognizable, and he has composed several jazz standards including Spain, La Fiesta and Windows.

Corea began piano at the age of four and was influenced by Horace Silver among others. His early experiences ranged from working with Mongo Santamaria to Stan Getz. Corea had a two year stint with Miles Davis. In the 1970's, Chick Corea played with Return to Forever, a high powered fusion group. Also during the 70's, he worked with musicians too numerous to mention, but included AI Dimeola, Stanley Clarke, and Michael Brecker. The 1980's brought a new fusion group, the Elektric Band which featured the likes of bassist John Pattitucci and drummer Dave Weckl. He continues to be an important force in jazz today with various musical settings and all-star musicians.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book Program Notes