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CONCERT IV PROGRAM NOTES, cont.

coming major premieres include Hommage JFK commissioned by the National
Symphony Orchestra; Monument commissioned by the Barlow Foundation
for the Akron and Memphis symphony orchestras; Turns for Cello and Orches-
tra commissioned by the Bergen Foundation and cellist Paul Tobias and
premiered with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Recent recording releases include Monument Triptych Hommage JFI( Three
Portraits, Simple Lives (Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra; Alan Balter,
conductor; Raymond Mase, trumpet; Scott Mendoker, tuba; Summit
Records DCD237); Short Stones (Dorian Wind Quintet, Summit Records);
Morning Music and Distant Voices (American Brass Quintet, Summit
Records); Reflections on a Dance (Summit Brass, Summit Records).

Breathing Lessons for saxophone quartet is a seven movement, twenty minute
composition written during the spring of 2002. It was created for the
Amherst Saxophone Quartet through funds provided by Chamber Music
America's Commissioning Program, supported by The National Endowment
for the Arts, The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and The Chamber Music America
Commissioning Endowment Fund.

"The inspiration for Breathing Lessons carne from a book of the same name
by Anne Tyler. Written in 1988 and published by Alfred A. Knopf, it has been
a favorite of mine for many years. When asked to write a work for the
Amherst Saxophone Quartet, the idea of creating musical scenes and inter-
ludes based on a book I so admired seemed perfectly natural. Breathing
Lessons begins with a scene followed by an interlude and then alternates the
two. The scenes are extroverted depictions of events in the book while the
interludes are introverted ruminations of poignant quotes. This seemed to
me to depict the power of the book with its effervescent energy on the
surface and a sad darkness underneath. The musical result is a seven move-
ment journey through varied saxophone colors and techniques written to
showcase the extraordinary technical and more importantly expressive
talents of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet."

Keeping with his usual format, Russ CARERE'S original compositions Take
Oft On Empty and Lift on Evane all represent and reflect personal experiences.
The composer will discuss the details from the stage. Russ Carere's
biography can be found on page 20.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book Concert IV program notes