Program Book 2001-2002 page 26
The Mid-Winter Blues Program Notes

CARLO PINTO (1925-1992) was educated at the Conservatory Benedetto Marcello in Venice, Italy and the Eastman School of Music where he received degrees in composition and piano. He was an Associate Professor of Music at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was a member of the piano, composition and theory faculties. In addition, he was active as both a conductor and pianist and Music Director of the Greater Buffalo Opera Company.

Mr. Pinto composed Saxophone Quartet (1985) for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, at their invitation. He described the work in the following terms: "The work is intended for virtuoso saxophone playing including a quasi-cadenza in the third movement. It employs a combination of tonal and atonal systems, and although written in an apparently conventional three movement form, I consider the work as a single continuous unit, reinforced by the fact that the beginning and the end form a type of prelude and postlude. It begins in a rather somber premonitory mood and basically reflects my reactions to unsettling world conditions and conflicts at the time. The second movement paints a dreamy picture of a less turbulent nature, but this somewhat more optimistic mood is not maintained, and at the end of the third movement it returns again to the somber mood of the opening. The postlude is made of the same material as the prelude but some changes have occurred. A lingering minor chord tries to close the work and at the very last moment is faintly transformed to a major sonority."

MILES DAVIS (1926-1991) from his earliest performances, showed a very personal approach to jazz. When others were concerned with virtuoso passages, Davis would tend towards a more introspective and sophisticated lyricism. He incorporated the pause, silence, and space as part of his means of expression. Davis performed as an eighteen year old with Charlie Parker, but in 1955 it was a quintet with saxophonist John Coltrane that brought him recognition and popularity. In 1959, Miles Davis recorded Kind of Blue which continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many jazz lovers. Miles Davis was successful in making the transition from bop to cool and on to modal jazz. In 1970, he earned a Crammv for Bitches' Brew, a jazz/rock fusion of modal, electronics, and free jazz. He had a special ability to sense new directions, and then popularize the new style.

FRANK TICHELl (1958- ) lives in Los Angeles where he is an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California. From 1991 to 1998 he was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, California. His works for orchestra, concert band, solo voice, and chamber ensembles have been performed throughout orth America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Frank Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan


Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book Program Notes