Closely Related Fungi (1996), Jonathan Golove

Amherst Saxophone Quartet strings together a pleasant mix

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Quartet in F Major, K. 590, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Saxophone Quartet, Chan Ka Nin
Closely Related Fungi (1996), Jonathan Golove
Grave et Presto, Jean Rivier
Danzas de Panama (1953), William Grant Still
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Feb 8 1997
Thomas Putnam

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet was in disguise for part of this program, which mixed saxophone quartet pieces and string quartet pieces with mixed results.

The saxophonists had on their slippers, but not their powdered wigs, for their performance of a Mozart String Quartet (K. 590). Candlelight would have been appropriate and made more chilling the moans of disapproving ghosts of the Budapest String Quartet. Read more »

Closely Related Fungi (1996), Jonathan Golove

"Closely Related Fungi takes as its point of departure the strong similarities in tone color between the instruments of the saxophone family (especially the case with the members of the wonderfully blended ASQ, who inspired the work's composition). As the piece develops, differences in the playing styles of the individual players are made increasingly apparent to the listener. This process of differentiation mirrors that which the amateur mushroom hunter must undergo in learning to distinguish good edible species from poisonous relatives or look-a-likes! Read more »

Golove, Jonathan

JONATHAN GOLOVE is a native of Los Angeles, California and a resident of Buffalo, New York. He currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Music Department at UB and at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Golove's works have been performed in a variety of locations in North America and Europe, by such ensembles as VOX NOV A, the Ensemble Court Circuit, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, Maelstrom Percussion, and The Instrumental Factor. Read more »

Closely Related Fungi (1996), Jonathan Golove

Sax Quartets 1978 - Present
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