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American Classics - American Saxophone Music

Album Summary

>Quate, Amy : Light of Sothis, for alto saxophone & piano
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Sonata for Saxophone & Piano, Op. 19
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Picnic on the Marne, waltzes (7) for alto saxophone & piano
>Hartley, Walter S. : Sonata for baritone saxophone and piano
>Hovhaness, Alan : Suite for saxophone & guitar, Op. 291
>Muczynski, Robert : Sonata for saxophone & piano, Op. 29
>Wiedoeft, Rudy : Valse Vanité
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Notes & Reviews:

The saxophone is commonly thought of as the quintessential American instrument, not least for the pivotal role it has played in jazz during key stages of the genre's evolution. Its acceptance in classical music has been more gradual, with, once again, American composers playing a major part. From Ned Rorem's soulful 'Picnic on the Marne' to Alan Hovhaness' wistful and evocative 'Suite for Alto Saxophone and Guitar', via the works of lesser-known composers such as Amy Quate and Rudy Wiedoeft, the divergent idioms of the works on this disc reflect those of the composers, as well as the artists for whom they were created.



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Works Details

>Quate, Amy : Light of Sothis, for alto saxophone & piano
  • Performers: Jeremy Limb (Piano); Alex Mitchell (Bells)
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London, England (12/19/2004-12/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Sonata for Saxophone & Piano, Op. 19
  • Performers: Jeremy Limb (Piano); Alex Mitchell (Bells)
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London, England (12/19/2004-12/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Picnic on the Marne, waltzes (7) for alto saxophone & piano
  • Performers: Jeremy Limb (Piano); Alex Mitchell (Bells)
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London, England (12/19/2004-12/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Hartley, Walter S. : Sonata for baritone saxophone and piano
  • Performers: Jeremy Limb (Piano); Alex Mitchell (Bells)
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London, England (12/19/2004-12/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hovhaness, Alan : Suite for saxophone & guitar, Op. 291
  • Performers: Alex Mitchell (Bells); Neil Hornsby (Guitar)
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London, England (12/19/2004-12/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Muczynski, Robert : Sonata for saxophone & piano, Op. 29
  • Performers: Jeremy Limb (Piano); Alex Mitchell (Bells)
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London, England (12/19/2004-12/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Wiedoeft, Rudy : Valse Vanité
  • Performers: Jeremy Limb (Piano); Alex Mitchell (Bells)
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London, England (12/19/2004-12/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920s