Storms (1985), Michael Sahl

Amherst Saxophone Quartet/Mendelssohn String Quartet: Sahl "Storms"

Musical America

The Buffalo-based Amherst Saxophone Quartet, now in its ninth year of championing the sparse literature for four saxophones, has embarked on an intriguing exploratory mission, treading where no saxophone ensemble has gone before. Through funding from the NEA Consortium Commissioning Program, they have commissioned three major works for combined saxophone quartet and string quartet, the first of which was unveiled last October 21 in the Terrace Theater of Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Read more »

Amherst Saxophone Quartet/Mendelssohn String Quartet: Sahl "Storms"

SAXOPHONES AND STRINGS

On Air Magazine

Two world-premiere compositions written especially for the renowned Amherst Saxophone Quartet make their television debut in this one-hour program filmed live at Rockwell Hall, the State University College at Buffalo. New are Storms, a chamber work by Michael Sahl, and Classical Music by Nils Vigeland. The saxophones are joined by the Chester String Quartet to form an exuberant octet rendition of Eubie Blake's Classical Rag. Allen Williams is producer. Read more »

Amherst Sax Quartet: SAXOPHONES AND STRINGS

Storms (1985), Michael Sahl

"The title Storms refers to storms of passion and anguish. The music is about the turmoil of inner life, as some music used to be a long time ago. The combined two groups are used, therefore, as a kind of "orchestra" and the similarities and blends of strings and saxophones are exploited, rather than their pure colors. The purpose of this is to create a dark, rich background, or "gravy;' which is intended to be sometimes upsetting and sometimes blissful. Read more »

Sahl, Michael

1934 —

MICHAEL SAHL was born in Boston in 1934 and began to play and make up little pieces around the age of five. He began serious musical training when he was eight with teachers including Louise Talma and Israel Citkowitz. By college he had developed an interest in modern music, studying at Tanglewood and receiving his MFA from Princeton. He then went to Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship to study and compose 'modern music'. Sahl writes: "But i. was not to be. Read more »

Storms (1985), Michael Sahl

Genre: 
Sax Qt. and Additional Musicians
Composer: 
Sahl
Composer First Names: 
Michael
Composition Date: 
1985
Composed for the ASQ: 
Composed for the ASQ
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