Quartet No. 1 (1992), Stephen Parisi

Changes in direction mark two Amherst Sax works

Works reviewed: 
Quartet No. 1 (1992), Stephen Parisi
Quintet for Violin and Saxophones (1988), Stephen Parisi
Third Quartet, Robert Myers
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Feb 10 1992
By: 
Herman Trotter

Sunday's program by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet was essentially a two-man show. The entire second half was devoted to the music of Grand Island composer Stephen Parisi and the first half spotlight shone on Robert Myers, whose Third Quartet was displayed as second prize winner in the ASQ's International Composition Competition. 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 »

Filling seats

Works reviewed: 
Sonata in Bb Major, George Fredrick Handel
Quartet No. 1 (1992), Stephen Parisi
Fantasia on a Fowl Air (1993), Stephen Reisteter
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Nov 12 1993
By: 
Herman Trotter

AT THE BOTTOM of the page, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's program for this season-opening concert carries the following warning: "If you are not a season ticket holder, don't blame us if an ASQ concert is blacked out on local television."

The ASQ has always banked on interestingly varied programs and performance quality to attract their audiences. Read more »

Parisi, Stephen

1955 —

STEPHEN PARISI (b. 1955) was born in Buffalo to music loving parents who started him on piano at the age of seven. By the time he was 10 he had already written over 50 compositions. His passion for music and ambition to become a composer led him to the University at Buffalo on a full Fine Arts Scholarship. He studied piano with Yvar Mikhashoff and composition with Leo Smit and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in Music degree. He has written numerous works for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. Two movements of his Saxophone Quartet No.1 were performed by the ASQ at Carnegie Hall in 1982. Read more »

Saxophone quartet gives audience surprising tour of versatile repertoire

Works reviewed: 
Nuages, Eugene Bozza
Quartet No. 1 (1992), Stephen Parisi
Histoire du Tango, Astor Piazzolla
Greenville News, The
Greenville, S.C.
Apr 9 1994
By: 
Janie Caves McCauley

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet brought their brand of serious fun to the Peace Centers Gunter Theatre Friday evening. The ensemble made a convincing case for the versatility of the saxophone as they performed works ranging from classical transcriptions and modern compositions for saxophone ensemble to selections of American jazz and ragtime. But while the quartet clearly presented both the serious and light capabilities of the sax, they also called upon the audience to give up the old stereotypes of chamber music as dry and stuffy. Read more »

Quartet No. 1 (1992), Stephen Parisi

Genre: 
Sax Quartets 1978 - Present
Composer: 
Parisi
Composer First Names: 
Stephen
Composition Date: 
1992
Composed for the ASQ: 
Composed for the ASQ
Sound Samples
Movement: 
Presto
Movement: 
Commodo
Movement: 
Vivo
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