Quartet for Four Saxophones (1989), Anita D. Perry

Saxophone Quartet plays Perry prize winner

Works reviewed: 
Quartet for Four Saxophones (1989), Anita D. Perry
Saxophone Quartet (1991), Michael Sahl
Quartet in e minor, Giuseppe Verdi
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Nov 25 1991
By: 
Herman Trotter

It's hard to characterize this concert succinctly, because in addition to unveiling the third prize winner in the ensemble's composition contest, there was also a world premiere and a quasi premiere. Bear with us. Read more »

ASQ finalists create 4 intriguing entries

Works reviewed: 
Quartet for Four Saxophones (1989), Anita D. Perry
Saxophone Quartet, Chan Ka Nin
Dispositions for Saxophone Quartet, Judith Dvorkin
Quartet for Saxophones (1989), Joseph Jarman
Jilly Bean Walk, Russ Carere
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Apr 8 1991
By: 
Herman Trotter

This concert presenting the first group of finalists among new compositions submitted to ASQ's "Great Competition" had a surprisingly interesting overall profile.

That's the property of a movement, a work, or an entire concert which allows it to remain etched in the mind because the music traced an easily perceptible and distinctive pattern or design. Read more »

Amherst Saxophone Quartet finds modern music that fills the bill

Works reviewed: 
Rudy Wiedoeft Suite, Rudy Wiedoeft
Quartet for Four Saxophones (1989), Anita D. Perry
Saxophone Quartet No. 4 (1976), Russell Howland
As the World Passes Quickly Below Me, I Fly to My Creator (1996), Michael Zak
Scherzo for Saxophone Quartet (1984), Dick Hyman
Mass Transit (1989), David P. Jones
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Nov 19 1996
By: 
Herman Trotter

Contemporary music written specifically for four saxophones (no transcriptions) made up the bill of fare for Monday's concert by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet.

Well, there was one transcription, the concluding "Rudy Wiedoeft Suite," which included three pieces for solo sax by Wiedoeft, a sort of father figure in the sax world, arranged for quartet by Ted Hegvik. The outer movements were ragtime infused, played with footloose abandon, and separated by a charming waltz with tantalizingly exaggerated rubato. Read more »

Quartet for Four Saxophones (1989), Anita D. Perry

"Quartet for Four Saxophones in the Classical Style was written after hearing a local saxophone quartet in concert. I was impressed with the homogeneity of sound a saxophone quartet could produce as well as the variety of colour and expression inherent in the instruments. The first movement is more or less strictly classical, using sonata allegro form and traditional tonality. The second movement is a typical Adagio (where I allow myself to get all romantic and mushy), but rather impressionistic in flavour. Read more »

Perry, Anita

ANITA (A.D.) PERRY has always been fascinated with sound and as a child spent countless hours listening to her grandfather'S 78s of symphonic music. She studied piano and composition at the University of British Columbia. She has won several awards for her compositions and her works have been performed in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. While her fascination with sound has never decreased, A. D. prefers not to write" avant-garde" music, but rather that which honestly expresses and communicates emotion.

Quality shows

Works reviewed: 
The Art of the Fugue, J.S. Bach
Motherless Child Variations (2002), Perry Goldstein
Quartet for Four Saxophones (1989), Anita D. Perry
Making the Frozen Serpent Dance (2001), Davide Zannoni
Yuppieville Rodeo (1993), Mike Mower
Phantom Melos, Rocco DiPietro
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Nov 22 2002
By: 
Jan Jezioro

Earlier this year, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet was knocked out of their position as quartet-in-residence at the University at Buffalo, not for any reason that was based on their level of artistic accomplishment (round up the usual weak-kneed suspects: budgetary shortfall, etc.). Thursday evening, at their Allen Hall concert, broadcast live on WBFO, the ASQ clearly demonstrated by their high performance level that they were by no means ready to throw in the towel. Read more »

Lament on the Death of Music

Amherst Saxophone Quartet: Lament on the Death of Music
Salvatore Andolina, soprano
Russ Carere, alto
Stephen Rosenthal, tenor
Harry Fackelman, baritone
Christine Schadeberg, Soprano (voice)

Notes on the Compositions

Several common threads are woven throughout the fabric of this, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's fifth recording. As it happens, it is something of a 'theme album', — a creature more common to rock than to 'serious' music.

All the compositions were written in the last few years and take on the question of what 'classical music' is (or may be) at the end of the 20th century. All were composed for the ASQ or submitted as entries in its International Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition. Read more »

Year: 
1992

Quartet for Four Saxophones (1989), Anita D. Perry

Genre: 
Sax Quartets 1978 - Present
Composer: 
Perry
Composer First Names: 
Anita D.
Composition Date: 
1989
Composed for the ASQ: 
Sound Samples
Movement: 
Allegro
Movement: 
Andante Sostenuto
Movement: 
Scherzo
Movement: 
Rondo

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