Sax Appeal (1990), David Stock

Amherst Sax quartet dusts off the big band sound

Works reviewed: 
Grave et Presto, Jean Rivier
Suite for Saxophone Quartet (1979), Paul Creston
Sax Appeal (1990), David Stock
Waltz for Debby, Bill Evans
Masako, Russ Carere
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Feb 8 1993
By: 
Herman Trotter

There were two premieres on this program by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, attractive lighter pieces, but the bulk of the concert was devoted to exploration of repertoire that the ensemble hadn't played for some time. Read more »

Adolph Sax's 'phone' recalled

Works reviewed: 
Premiere Quatuor pour Saxophones, Op. 53 (1857), Jean Baptiste Singelee
Sax Appeal (1990), David Stock
Saxophone Quartet No. 1, Eddie Sauter
Pieces pour Quatuor de Saxophones, Jean Pierre Beugniot
Blue Monk, Thelonius Monk
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Jan 14 1991
By: 
Herman Trotter

Amherst quartet shows contrast in old, new works

About a century and a half ago Adolph Sax's saxophone first warbled a tune and won a silver medal at the Paris Exposition.

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet took note of this historical fact in Sunday's concert, Read more »

Sax quartet plays with heart, soul

Works reviewed: 
'Round Midnight, Thelonious Monk
Sax Appeal (1990), David Stock
Housing Project (1985), William Ortiz
Mr. Bill Goes to Washington, Keith Powell
Pittsburgh Post-Gaxette
Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 25 1993
By: 
Mark Kanny

Now that there's a sax player in the White House there will be no stopping the, Amherst Saxophone Quartet.
 
Their concert last night, which included a novelty piece about the musically literate president, marked the return of this ensemble to Carnegie Lecture Hall. Read more »

Sax Appeal (1990), David Stock

"Sax Appeal was commissioned for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet by Summerfest, a music festival in Pittsburgh, for its tenth anniversary season. The score was completed in June, 1990, and the premiere took place that July. The work is in four movements: Set Up, Blues, Sarabande, and Jump; the second and third movements are played without pause. Sarabande, the third movement, began life as a piece for recorder quartet, but seemed equally at home in the world of the saxophone. Read more »

Stock, David

Composer/Conductor DAVID STOCK is Professor of Music at Duquesne University, where he conducts the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble. He has been Composer-in-Residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, and is Conductor Laureate of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 1976. He retired as Music Director of PNME at the end of the 1998/99 season, after 23 years of dedication to new music and the living composer. Read more »

Sax Appeal (1990), David Stock

Genre: 
Sax Quartets 1978 - Present
Composer: 
Stock
Composer First Names: 
David
Composition Date: 
1990
Composed for the ASQ: 
Composed for the ASQ
Sound Samples
Movement: 
Set Up
Movement: 
Blues
Movement: 
Sarabande
Movement: 
Jump

A delightful potpourri

Works reviewed: 
Sax Appeal (1990), David Stock
Duke Meets Mort (1992), Robert Carl
Drastic Measures, Russell Peck
Ditties (1997), Kim D. Sherman
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Mar 30 2001
By: 
Garaud MacTaggart

Ever Since Adolphe Sax invented his lung- and reed-powered assemblage of curved metal tubing and multitudinous buttons, there have been classical composers that were intrigued by its sonic possibilities. These days it is an instrument more closely associated with jazz, blues and honkin' R&B instead of Debussy, Glazunov and Hindemith. Now, on the cusp of a new century, things are meshing together, and a new generation of classical composers is still looking at and being intrigued by this unique instrument. Read more »

Amherst Saxophone Quartet mixes quality with Sax Appeal

Works reviewed: 
Sax Appeal (1990), David Stock
Pittsburgh Press, The
Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 14 1990
By: 
Donald Rosenberg

A concert by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet is a blend of virtuosity and lunacy. The members of this ensemble bring musical purpose and technical flair to whatever they set their reeds buzzing, but they're certainly not afraid to have a grand time along the way. Read more »

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