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The saxophone is commonly thought of as the quintessential American instrument, not least for the pivotal rôle 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.

Quate, Amy

  Light of Sothis
1.   I. Grace 00:04:52
2.   II. Passion 00:01:47
3.   III. Faith 00:03:27

Creston, Paul

  Saxophone Sonata, Op. 19
4.   I. With vigor 00:04:38
5.   II. With tranquility 00:05:01
6.   III. With gaiety 00:03:55

Rorem, Ned

  Picnic on the Marne
7.   I. Driving from Paris 00:01:30
8.   II. A Bend in the River 00:02:32
9.   III. Bal Musette 00:01:37
10.   IV. Vermouth 00:01:25
11.   V. A Tense Discussion 00:02:57
12.   VI. Making Up 00:01:20
13.   VI. The Ride Back to Town 00:02:11

Hartley, Walter S.

  Baritone Saxophone Sonata
14.   I. Andante - Allegro - Andante - Allegro 00:05:38
15.   II. Adagio 00:02:24
16.   III. Allegro molto 00:03:04

Hovhaness, Alan

  Suite, Op. 291
17.   I. Adagio espressivo 00:02:46
18.   II. Senza misura - Allegro, Allegro vivace 00:03:18
19.   III. Andante espressivo 00:02:33

Muczynski, Robert

  Alto Saxophone Sonata, Op. 29
20.   I. Andante maestoso 00:03:52
21.   II. Allegro energico 00:03:19

Wiedoeft, Rudy

  Valse vanite
22.   Valse vanite 00:04:53

Total Playing Time: 01:08:59

Creston, Paul; Hartley, Walter S.; Hovhaness, Alan; Muczynski, Robert; Quate, Amy; Rorem, Ned; Wiedoeft, Rudy

Hornsby, Neil; Limb, Jeremy; Mitchell, Alex

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559241

Barcode: 636943924129

Physical Release: 08/2006

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