Golliwogg's Cakewalk, Claude Debussy

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 »

Golliwogg's Cakewalk, Claude Debussy

Twentieth Century Music Transcriptions
Composer First Names: 
Steve Willis
Composition Date: 
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Jazz and ragtime, America's classical music

Works reviewed: 
12th Street Rag, Euday L. Bowman
Golliwogg's Cakewalk, Claude Debussy
All Blues, Miles Davis
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Apr 16 1996
Jim Santella

Amherst Saxophone Quartet
All-ragtime, all-jazz program.
Monday in the University at Buffalo's Slee Hall, North Campus. To be repeated at 7 p.m. April 24 at Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, and at 8 p.m. April 25 in the Bijou Grille, 643 Main St.

"Any music played on a saxophone is immoral," a 1925 Time magazine article warned. That's the same kind of wrong-headed thinking that condemned the waltz as being immoral when it initially replaced the minuet. Read more »

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