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Short Stories: American Music for Saxophone Quartet

Album Summary

>Ives, Charles : Fugue in C major
>Higdon, Jennifer : Short Stories, for 4 saxophones
>Sturm, Fred : Picasso Cubed, for 4 saxophones
>Torke, Michael [Composer] : July, for saxophone quartet
>Bixler, David : Heptagon, for 4 saxophones
>Macy, Carleton : Elusive Dreams, for 4 saxophones & accordion
>Morton, Jelly Roll : Black Bottom Stomp
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Taking its name from Jennifer Higdon's 'Short Stories', this album explores stylistically diverse music showcasing the saxophone quartet's immense expressive potential. The Ancia Saxophone Quartet has delighted audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia for more than two decades. The group's innovative and diverse repertoire stretches traditional boundaries of genre and style, juxtaposing traditional classical repertoire with contemporary works by modern composers.



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Works Details

>Ives, Charles : Fugue in C major :: From the Salvation Army, for string quartet, S. 57 (K. 2A1)
  • Performer: Kurt Claussen (Soprano Saxophone)
  • Ensemble: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Hamline United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (07/31/2003-07/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1898-1902

>Higdon, Jennifer : Short Stories, for 4 saxophones
  • Performer: Kurt Claussen (Soprano Saxophone)
  • Ensemble: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Hamline United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (07/31/2003-07/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Sturm, Fred : Picasso Cubed, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Hamline United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (07/31/2003-07/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Written: 2003

>Torke, Michael [Composer] : July, for saxophone quartet
  • Performer: Kurt Claussen (Soprano Saxophone)
  • Ensemble: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Hamline United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (07/31/2003-07/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1995

>Bixler, David : Heptagon, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Hamline United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (07/31/2003-07/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Macy, Carleton : Elusive Dreams, for 4 saxophones & accordion
  • Performers: Dee Langley (Accordion); Kurt Claussen (Soprano Saxophone)
  • Ensemble: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Hamline United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (07/31/2003-07/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Morton, Jelly Roll : Black Bottom Stomp
  • Ensemble: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Hamline United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (07/31/2003-07/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern