Phantom Melos (1981), Rocco Di Pietro

'Memories of You' are fond adieu for quartet

Works reviewed: 
Andante et Scherzetto, Pierre Lantier
Saxophone Quartet, Alec Wilder
Nuages - Scherzo, Eugene Bozza
Phantom Melos (1981), Rocco Di Pietro
Toccata and Fugue, Johann Sebastian Bach
Memories of You, Eubie Blake
Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach, FL
Mar 31 1996
By: 
Bill F. Faucett

STUART - Upon taking my seat at the Lyric Theatre just prior to Friday night's concert by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, I was reminded of a joke famous among musicians: "What do you call 10,000 saxophones at the bottom of the ocean?" Answer: "A good start." Read more »

Amherst Quartet avoids all the potholes

Works reviewed: 
Concerto No. 1 BWV 592, Johann Sebastian Bach
Quatuor, op. 122 (1942), Joseph Jongen
Quartet No. 1 (1992), Stephen Parisi
Phantom Melos (1981), Rocco Di Pietro
All Blues, Miles Davis
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Oct 31 1994
By: 
Herman Trotter

Fresh from a tour touching down in Erie, Pa., and Beaufort, S.C., during which they played to capacity audiences, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet returned to its home base on Sunday evening to do its bit for the opening festivities at the new UB Center for the Arts and was greeted by a sparse crowd estimated at less than a quarter of a house.

They offered, for the only time in this area, the same program with which they will tour all season. It was comprised of transcriptions, original works for saxes and the ensemble's signature closing mix of jazz and ragtime. Read more »

Works for the sax work for Quartet

Works reviewed: 
Concerto No. 1 BWV 592, Johann Sebastian Bach
Flapper Era Dances (1994), Allen Sigel
Phantom Melos (1981), Rocco Di Pietro
Quatuor des Saxophones, Ida Gotkovsky
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Oct 11 1994
By: 
Kenneth Young

True to formula, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet began with Baroque and rounded off with ragtime, with all manner of contemporary sax quartet literature in between. Also true to type, they played superbly for the most part, with ensemble blend, rhythmic precision and a wonderful feel for the romantic sensibility that seems to touch most of the modern works in this idiom. Read more »

Horns of Plenty

Works reviewed: 
Andante et Scherzetto, Pierre Lantier
Petit Quatuor pour Saxophones, Jean Francaix
Phantom Melos (1981), Rocco Di Pietro
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Sep 26 1997
By: 
Mary Kunz

The Quartet, still fine after 20 years
THE FIRST clue that the Amherst Saxophone Quartet isn't your average chamber ensemble comes in the group's program notes. Right after a windy rundown of grants and funding, a footnote reads:
Members of the ASQ met with the Governor and County Executive last night, threatening to move the Quartet out of town unless its new multimillion dollar stadium is built. The ASQ also insisted that all proceeds from beer sold at the concerts would go to the owners of the Group.

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Phantom Melos (1981), Rocco Di Pietro

Rocco Di Pietro wrote Phantom Melos for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet in celebration of the
centennial of the City of Buffalo 1882-1982.

DiPietro, Rocco

Rocco DI PIETRO is an artist whose work as composer-pianist, essayist, educator and habilitationist, has crossed various disciplines boundaries. He has found that the path of the creative life has taken him like a 'traveler' in interdisciplinary studies. As a result of various mutations in the life course much of his recent work is unclassifiable. The journey, through the accumulation of experience has continually led him back to a renewed sense of musical composition. Read more »

Amherst Saxophone Quartet lets loose at concert

Works reviewed: 
Andante et Scherzetto, Pierre Lantier
Phantom Melos (1981), Rocco Di Pietro
Toccata and Fugue, Johann Sebastian Bach
Saxophone Quartet, Alec Wilder
Nuages, Eugene Bozza
Phantom Melos
Memories of You, Eubie Blake
Stuart News
Stuart, Florida
Apr 5 1996
By: 
Robert S. Butler

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet, which prides itself on presenting a decidedly unstuffy experience to its audiences, did just that March 29 at Stuart's Lyric Theater. The saxophone virtuosos, final season presentation of the Treasure Coast Concert Association, are always a delight., running the musical gamut from classical to jazz. Stephen Rosenthal, Tenor sax, serves as the Buffalo, N.Y. group's announcer and stand-up comic. Steve provides an ongoing humorous, iconoclastic commentary on the evening's music and other unrelated subjects. Read more »

Phantom Melos (1981), Rocco Di Pietro

Genre: 
Sax Quartets 1978 - Present
Composer: 
Di Pietro
Composer First Names: 
Rocco
Composition Date: 
1981
Composed for the ASQ: 
Composed for the ASQ
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