Quatuor pour Saxophones, Alfred Desenclos

French get their due in new program by Amherst Saxophone Quartet

Works reviewed: 
Trois Conversations, Paul Pierné
Quatuor pour Saxophones, Alfred Desenclos
Quatuor de Saxophones (1962), Claude Pascal
Cache-Cache, Robert Clerisse
Golliwogg's Cakewalk, Claude Debussy
Le Petit Negre, Claude Debussy
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Nov 28 1995
Herman Trotter

The inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax, was a Belgian instrument maker who lived most of his life in Paris. Consequently, the saxophone has always been presumed to have had French origins, and it was French composers who first championed the instrument, both in solo context and ensembles.

This inventive and wholly delightful program by the Buffalo-based, world-touring Amherst Saxophone Quartet takes note of the French pride of place in the saxophone world, offering four major 20th century works. Read more »

First-rate show by Amherst sax group

Works reviewed: 
Quartet in C Major, K. 465, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quatuor pour Saxophones, Alfred Desenclos
Quatuor pour Saxophones, Op. 102, Florent Schmitt
Quatuor pour saxophones, op. 31, Jean Absil
Cape Cod Times
Wellfleet, MA
Feb 22 2005

Clarity prevailed, in the transcription of Mozart's String Quartet in C Major, K. 465. This is Mozart at his "naughty boy" best.

A major figure in the symphonic clarinet world once sneeringly pronounced, "No gentleman ever plays the saxophone." This now iconic figure has since departed, but had he heard the four gentleman constituting the Amherst Saxophone Quartet Sunday at the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, he would have been quickly disabused of his remark. Read more »

Quatuor pour Saxophones, Alfred Desenclos

The three-movement quartet for saxophones was composed in 1964 in a style that combines masterful control of form with a lyricism that is expressive and rich in variation. The first movement is built on two contrasting themes, one agitated and the other pastoral. In the Andante, the long, dream-like phrase in the soprano saxophone is broken off in the middle section by a passionate outburst. After an introduction, the finale begins with an Allegro energico filled with jazz-inspired syncopation. Read more »

Desenclos, Alfred

1912 —

ALFRED DESENCLOS was born in Pas-de-Calais in 1912. He won the Paris Conservatory's prestigious Prix de Rome in 1942, and in 1943 became the director for the conservatory in Roubaix. He produced a wealth of piano music, songs, chamber music, a symphony, a requiem and film music. Most of his writing fits into the French tradition, which pays homage to esprit and elegance.

Program Book 2000-2001 page 05

Home Series
Concert I: A Tribute to Marcel Mule
Concer Date 1: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 3:00pm
WBFO-FM, Allen Hall, UB South Campus
Concert Date 2: 
Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 4:00pm
Concert Location 2: 
Slee Hall/University at Buffalo
Concert Date 3: 
Friday, September 22, 2000 - 3:30pm
Concert Location 3: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY
Concert Date 4: 
Sunday, September 24, 2000 - 12:00pm
Concert Location 4: 
WBFO Radio, 88.7 FM, Buffalo, NY
Susan Fancher, soprano
Russ Carere, alto
Stephen Rosenthal, tenor
Harry Fackelman, baritone

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet is the Saxophone Quartet in Residence at the University at Buffalo. This series is made possible, in part, with public funds from the National Endow- ment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. M & T Bank is the sole corporate sponsor of this concert set. The official soft drink of the ASQ is water.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book
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Quatuor pour Saxophones, Alfred Desenclos

Sax Quartets 1857 - 1977
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Sound Samples
Allegro non troppo
Poco largo, Allegro energico
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