Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, Jean Absil

Quartet's Showmanship Dazzling

Works reviewed: 
Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, Jean Absil
Introduction and Capriccio (1981), Stephen Parisi
Quatuor, op. 122 (1942), Joseph Jongen
Sevilla, Isaac Albéniz
Introduction et Scherzo (1957), Robert Clerisse
Serenade Melancolique, Robert Clérisse
News-Gazette
Lexington, VA
Nov 4 1987
By: 
James W.H. Stewart Jr.

"And here we go with another classical saxophone recital," tenor sax maniac Steven Rosenthal mock-solemnly intones, a seemingly matter-of-fact introduction. But, as a matter of fact, can you state the place, time of day, month and year when you last attended (let alone stayed awake at) a classical saxophone recital? You might be hard pressed to remember, unless you saw the Johnny Carson show in 1985 when the Amherst Saxophone Quartet unleashed its brand of impeccable musicianship and P.D.Q. Bach showmanship on insomniacs everywhere. Read more »

Listeners come to watch saxophone music

Works reviewed: 
Chamber Symphony (1983), Andrew Stiller
Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, Jean Absil
Enchainment (1981), Robert Mols
Quartet, David Deason
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Feb 25 1991
By: 
Herman Trotter

Seven artists respond graphically to Amherst Quartet's performance
The idea behind this collaboration, called "Music at an Exhibition," was rather accurately described as the reverse of the process which produced Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Read more »

First-rate show by Amherst sax group

Works reviewed: 
Quartet in C Major, K. 465, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quatuor pour Saxophones, Alfred Desenclos
Quatuor pour Saxophones, Op. 102, Florent Schmitt
Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, Jean Absil
Cape Cod Times
Wellfleet, MA
Feb 22 2005
By: 
W. HENRY DUCKHAM

Clarity prevailed, in the transcription of Mozart's String Quartet in C Major, K. 465. This is Mozart at his "naughty boy" best.

A major figure in the symphonic clarinet world once sneeringly pronounced, "No gentleman ever plays the saxophone." This now iconic figure has since departed, but had he heard the four gentleman constituting the Amherst Saxophone Quartet Sunday at the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, he would have been quickly disabused of his remark. Read more »

Amherst Saxophone Quartet rises to the occasion

Works reviewed: 
Saxophone Quartet (1997), Theodore Wiprud
Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, Antonin Dvorak
Toccata in d minor, Johann Sebastian Bach
Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, Jean Absil
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Apr 10 1999
By: 
Herman Trotter

The 1997 Saxophone Quartet composed by Theodore Wiprud was jointly commissioned by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet and several other ensembles, and has had prior partial performances and has undergone considerable subsequent revision.

The final version of the work was given its initial airing during Friday evening's concert, with the composer on hand to offer comments and listening guides. Read more »

Quartet's second time around is no mistake

Works reviewed: 
Quatuor (1931), Alexander Glazunov
Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, Jean Absil
Introduction et Scherzo (1957), Robert Clerisse
Suite for Saxophone Quartet (1979), Paul Creston
Introduction and Capriccio (1981), Stephen Parisi
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Nov 13 1997
By: 
Herman Trotter

In celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet reprised, in its initial concert, its very first concert. For the second set, it is replaying a 1982 Carnegie Hall concert.

"It was a watershed for us," said spokesman Stephen Rosenthal, "because the fine review which the New York Times gave us was a springboard to a long and healthy career."

After hearing the concert again, it's clear that the Times' positive review was earned. Read more »

Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, Jean Absil

Genre: 
Sax Quartets 1857 - 1977
Composer: 
Absil
Composer First Names: 
Jean
Composition Date: 
1937
Composed for the ASQ: 
Sound Samples
Movement: 
Andante - Allegro vivo
Movement: 
Nocturne
Movement: 
Finale

Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, Jean Absil

The Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, composed in 1937, is a charming and concise work in three movements: Andante - Allegro vivo - Nocturne et Finale. The brief initial Andante begins on a melancholy note, setting up the optimistic character of the Allegro vivo. The Nocturne is like a barcarole coming from some distant celebration. The work ends with a virtuosic Finale.

Absil, Jean

1893 —
1974

Jean Absil, a Belgian composer, began his musical studies as an organist, but in 1920 turned to the study of composition. His Piano Concerto (1938) brought him international attention. In 1955 he was elected to the Belgian Royal Academy, and in 1964 he received the Prix Quinquennial of the Belgian government. Absil's style is essentially polyphonic and polymodal. Changes in meter and irrational divisions are frequent. His music has great structural clarity, often cast in variation or other conventional forms. Read more »

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