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Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559241
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
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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.

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Work/Track Title Time
  Light of Sothis          
      I. Grace 4:52       
      II. Passion 1:47       
      III. Faith 3:27       
  Saxophone Sonata, Op. 19          
      I. With vigor 4:38       
      II. With tranquility 5:01       
      III. With gaiety 3:55       
  Picnic on the Marne          
      I. Driving from Paris 1:30       
      II. A Bend in the River 2:32       
      III. Bal Musette 1:37       
      IV. Vermouth 1:25       
      V. A Tense Discussion 2:57       
      VI. Making Up 1:20       
      VI. The Ride Back to Town 2:11       
  Baritone Saxophone Sonata          
      I. Andante - Allegro - Andante - Allegro 5:38       
      II. Adagio 2:24       
      III. Allegro molto 3:04       
  Suite, Op. 291          
      I. Adagio espressivo 2:46       
      II. Senza misura - Allegro, Allegro vivace 3:18       
      III. Andante espressivo 2:33       
  Alto Saxophone Sonata, Op. 29          
      I. Andante maestoso 3:52       
      II. Allegro energico 3:19       
  Valse vanite 4:53       
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