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Dragon 'Blossom Time' - Music for saxophone by Rzewski, Tower, Blank, Tann, Waters / William Perconti, alto saxophone

Album Summary

>Rzewski, Frederic : Spots, for percussion, keyboards & woodwinds
>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Fantasy for clarinet & piano (". . . Those Harbor Lights")
>Blank, Allan : Contrasts, for saxophone quartet
>Tann, Hilary : Windhover, for solo flute
>Rzewski, Frederic : Shtick, for saxophone
>Waters, Joseph : Dragon, for saxophone
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The compositions on this recording of music for saxophone ensemble represent traditional Western classical music combined with such diverse styles as jazz, popular and folk music, Asian and African music and even show the influence of television. It also represents contemporary music of flexible instrumentation. The Alloy Saxophone Quartet was formed to explore contemporary music and includes Bill Perconti, Sean Fredenburg, Duke Sullivan and Erik Steighner - all noted performers. Perconti, who performs the works for solo saxophone is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the University of Iowa. He has made 26 world premiere recordings of 15 composers on five record labels. He is on the faculty at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
'Dragon', perhaps the most polarizing work on the program, by Joseph Waters, meshes musical ideas of pop and classical, analog and digital. The saxophone has the lead. Gershwin to Vangelis that form a grooving, eclectic backdrop and actually make the piece enjoyable.



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Works Details

>Rzewski, Frederic : Spots, for percussion, keyboards & woodwinds
  • Performer: William Perconti
  • Ensemble: Alloy Saxophone Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Fantasy for clarinet & piano (". . . Those Harbor Lights")
  • Performer: William Perconti
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Rzewski, Frederic : Spots, for percussion, keyboards & woodwinds
  • Performer: William Perconti
  • Ensemble: Alloy Saxophone Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Blank, Allan : Contrasts, for saxophone quartet
  • Performer: William Perconti
  • Ensemble: Alloy Saxophone Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Rzewski, Frederic : Spots, for percussion, keyboards & woodwinds
  • Performer: William Perconti
  • Ensemble: Alloy Saxophone Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Tann, Hilary : Windhover, for solo flute
  • Performer: William Perconti
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Rzewski, Frederic : Spots, for percussion, keyboards & woodwinds
  • Performers: Gary Gemberling (Percussion); William Perconti
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Rzewski, Frederic : Shtick, for saxophone
  • Performer: William Perconti
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rzewski, Frederic : Spots, for percussion, keyboards & woodwinds
  • Performer: William Perconti
  • Ensemble: Alloy Saxophone Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Waters, Joseph : Dragon, for saxophone
  • Performer: William Perconti
  • Ensemble: Alloy Saxophone Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2011