Danzas de Panama (1953), William Grant Still

Amherst Saxophone Quartet strings together a pleasant mix

Works reviewed: 
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 »

Danzas de Panama (1953), William Grant Still

The score for Danzas de Panama contains a forward, excerpted here: "There is a distinct unity and a touch of Caribbean color in the four dances. The first and last are Negro in origin, probably brought by the first slaves imported into Panama, while the second and third are of Spanish-Indian derivation."

Still, William Grant

1895 —

Long known as the dean of African American composers, WILLIAM GRANT STILL was born May 11, 1895 in Woodville, Mississippi to musician parents of African-American, Native American, Spanish, Irish and Scotch heritage. Still received a B.s. degree from Wilberforce University, and then studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Some of the legends he worked with include Paul Whiteman, Artie Shaw, W.e. Handy, Eubie Blake and Sophie Tucker. Later study included a period at the New England Conservatory of Music and an individual scholarship with the ultra-modern composer Edgard Varese. Read more »

Danzas de Panama (1953), William Grant Still

Twentieth Century Music Transcriptions
Composer First Names: 
William Grant
Stephen Rosenthal
Composition Date: 
Composed for the ASQ: 
Sound Samples
I. Tamborito
II. Mejorana y Socavon
III. Punto
IV. Cumbia y Congo
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