Program Book 2001-2002 page 06
A Pan Am Celebration Program Notes

Since the 1968 premiere of Second Composition for Large Orchestra by the Seattle Symphony, DAVID KECHLEY (b. 1947) has produced works in all genres that have been performed both nationally and internationally. Ensembles that have performed Kechley's work include the Minnesota Orchestra, Boston Pops, Cleveland Orchestra, and Kronos String Quartet. His music is recorded on the Liscio, Albany Records, and Reference Recording labels. David Kechley was educated at the University of Washington and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He presently teaches at Williams College.

Stepping Out is a four-movement work for saxophone quartet in which each of the movements is based upon a back-and-forth stepwise figure. Thus the title, Stepping Out, describes the gradually changing state of being in those who experience the work and is similar to such expressions as "mellowing out," "stressing out," "burning out," "chilling out," or even "pigging out." Hopefully, at the end of the work one feels satisfied, but with the feeling that one "cannot take another step." Of course, Stepping Out also has many other meanings including that of "going out on the town," etc. This is also quite appropriate.

Pianist, teacher, and composer, LEOPOLD GODOWSKY III has concertized, taught piano, and written music for many different media. Heir to a great musical tradition, he is the nephew of George Gershwin and grandson of the legendary pianist/ composer Leopold Godowsky. He has written string quartets, brass quintets, wind quintets, a saxophone quartet, an oratorio, keyboard music, songs and music for interactive media. His CD of the Gershwin Concerto in F was hailed in The Chicago Tribune as " ... one of the most romantic and heartfelt performances of the Concerto in F in the last three decades."

Leopold wrote the saxophone quartet score for a film based on a short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer that was broadcast on PBS' American Playhouse. The Cafeteria was a mini-biography based on Singer's experiences and impressions (social, romantic, and supernatural) after he emigrated from eastern Europe to New York City. Godowsky's task was to capture an Eastern European music flavor and blend it with a feeling of New York all the while serving the moods and action in the film.

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA 0921-1992) was a composer and bandone6n player who revolutionized tango music. In 1924, Piazzolla's family moved from Buenos Aires to New York City-Astor was only three years old. They stayed there, with a brief interlude, until 1936. He listened to Cab Calloway in Harlem. Later, again in Buenos Aires, he played traditional tango on his bandoneon in Anibal Troilo's orchestra. In 1940, he composed a piece for Arthur Rubinstein who was in Buenos Aires on a tour. Rubinstein recognized Piazzolla's talent and told him to study composition with Alberto Ginastera. With Ginastera he listened to Bart6k and Stravinsky. In 1944, Piazzolla left Troilo-the tango scene considered this to be ingratitude and treason-but the 25-year old went

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Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book: A Pan Am Celebration Program Notes