Program Book 2000-2001 page 26
Concert III: Program Notes

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet is proud to call Western New York home. The Quartet has always been based in WNY -in fact, all four players grew up here. We have worked to build the repertory for saxophone quartet, and have found a wealth of notable composers who have lived and worked in the Buffalo area. Share with us the pride of music written by Buffalo's Own!

ROBERT MOLS, a native of Buffalo, NY, attended the Eastman School of Music where he obtained his Ph.D. degree and performance certificate on flute. At Eastman, he studied composition with Howard Hanson and Wayne Barlow. He also did advanced study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In 1953 he joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo as head of the theoretical and instrumental divisions.

As a composer and recipient of grants and commissions, his compositions have received numerous performances in this country and abroad, including performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Several works for flute, including Excursion for flute choir, were published by the Franzipani Press.

"Having written dance band arrangements as a saxophonist-clarinetist during my early professional career, I was truly excited when asked by the ASQ to write a concert piece. Knowing each of the players personally, their exceptional skills and musicianship, and their great ensemble, I knew what sort of piece I wanted to compose — lyric, expressive, partially jazzy, innovative, and with some special effects and blends. All of these elements were to be linked or 'chained' together to form one continuous through-composed movement in three basic sections — hence, Enchainment." — Robert

WALTER S. HARTLEY was born February 21, 1927 in Washington, DC. (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) After high school and US Army service, he studied piano, theory and composition at the Eastman School of Music (principally with Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson) where he received his Ph.D. in 1953. Of several teaching positions since then, the most important have been at the National Music Camp at Interlochen (summers 1956-1964), Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV (1958-1969) and State University of New York College at Fredonia (1969-1991), now Professor Emeritus. He has written over 200 compositions, the best known being for wind

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book Concert III Program Notes