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"To Be Young, Gifted, and Black" - Nina Simone

My students have a listening assignment each week, drawing from the diverse history of music. For example, my piano students have listened to everything from renaissance era clavichord music, to Ben Folds, and Nico Muhly. Given continuing online lessons, I decided to take this activity online.

RSQ American Commissions

I realize I have not posted since starting my doctorate. I hope to start writing more often to expand this website. To begin, I've posted a number of blogs on American pieces written for the Rascher Saxophone Quartet. This research was part of a musicology course this fall.

Suite - Walter Hartley

Suite (1972) – Walter Hartley (b.1927)
SATB
Autograph Editions
11’

Light and Shadow - Robert Starer

Light and Shadow (1977) – Robert Starer (1924-2001)
AATB
MCA Music
5’

Line Drawings (after Mark Tobey) - Samuel Adler

Line Drawings (after Mark Tobey) (1978) – Samuel Adler (b. 1928)
SATB
Dorn Publications, published 1979
6’

Samuel Adler and his family immigrated to the U.S.A. just before the start of WWII. He studied composition with Aaron Copland, Walter Piston, and Paul Hindemith. Adler studied conducting with Serge Koussevitzky. Adler's professional career included teaching positions at the University of North Texas, 30 years at Eastman School of Music, and time at Julliard. He wrote a large number of text books including the popular, The Study of Orchestration.

Variations (On several lines by Amy Clampitt) - Sidney Corbett

Variations (On several lines by Amy Clampitt) (1995) – Sidney Corbett (b. 1960)
Alto and baritone saxophone.
Berline Verlag Neue Musik, published 1996
14’

Members of the Rascher Saxophone Quartet (RSQ) premier a handful of duos and trios. They do not limit their repertoire to only quartets. Variations (On several lines by Amy Clampitt) is composed for alto and baritone saxophone duo.

Saxophone Quartet - Charles Wuorinen

Saxophone Quartet (1992) – Charles Wuorinen (b. 1938)
SATB
C.F. Peters, published 1997
14’

Concerto for Saxophone Quartet - Philip Glass

Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (1995) – Philip Glass (b.1937)
SATB and orchestra
Version for saxophone quartet alone, 1995
SATB
Chester Music, published 2003
23’

Windup - Wayne Peterson

Windup (1997) – Wayne Peterson (b. 1927)
SATB
C.F. Peters, published 2010
11’

Wayne Peterson studied composition at the University of Minnesota. He taught at San Francisco State for three decades. Through the course of his career he was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and received a commission from the Koussevitzky Foundation. In 1992 he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Face of the Night, The Heart of the Dark.

Mobius Loop - Mathew Rosenblum

Möbius Loop (2000) – Mathew Rosenblum (b.1954)
SATB and Orchestra
Version for saxophone quartet alone, 2001
SATB
C.F. Peters
18’

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