Lament on the Death of Music, Leila Lustig

Lament on the Death of Music, Leila Lustig

Dr. Lustig writes: I happened to read in The New York Times: "Still, if the pessimistic view is right, and if 'music' means an act of communication between musician and hearer, then our era is near the descending end of a great curve that was Western music. That thought carries with it a sadness that the perennial newness of Mozart can ever lighten but never quite assuage." (Will Crutchfield, July 8, 1984) Read more »

Lustig, Leila Sarah

LEILA SARAH LUSTIG was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She studied voice and composition at UCLA and received her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. She worked for a number of years as a coach-accompanist, then turned to producing music for public radio stations. Since moving to Canada in 1987, she has worked as an arts publicist and marketer, and in public relations at a university. While Ms. Lustig has composed for all media, her main focus is the human voice.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet

Works reviewed: 
Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D major from Book II, Johann Sebastian Bach
The Seven Churches of Easter, Richmond 1984 (2002), Tayloe Harding
Lament on the Death of Music, Leila Lustig
Labyrinth, Calvin Hampton
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Mar 25 2002
Jan Jezioro

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet concluded its Westminster Presbyterian season Friday evening with a flourish, in a program that included both a world premiere and a special guest, soprano Dora Ohrenstein.

An arrangement of the Prelude and Fugue V, from Book II of Bach's "Well-tempered Clavier," helped establish the tone for the first half of the evening. The well-blended sound was evident in the celebratory opening Prelude, while their stately measured playing of the Fugue dissolved the sense of the present. Read more »

Amherst Saxophone Quartet at 20: a local treasure still going strong

Works reviewed: 
Lament on the Death of Music, Leila Lustig
Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Sergei Prokofiev
All Right Blues (1996), Russ Carere
Sounds of Africa (Charleston Rag), Eubie Blake
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Mar 11 1998
Jim Santella

Zen masters see the world in a grain of sand. The Amherst Saxophone Quartet creates a universe of music with the intersection of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.

Members of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet are soprano Salvatore Andolina, alto Russell Carere, tenor Stephen Rosenthal, and baritone Herry Fackelman.

Sunday afternoon in UB's Slee Hall, the quartet threw a 20th-birthday bash, and everyone showed up, from friends and relatives to music lovers, composers, musicians and fans to support their longevity and wondrous achievement. Read more »

Lament on the Death of Music

Amherst Saxophone Quartet: Lament on the Death of Music
Salvatore Andolina, soprano
Russ Carere, alto
Stephen Rosenthal, tenor
Harry Fackelman, baritone
Christine Schadeberg, Soprano (voice)

Notes on the Compositions

Several common threads are woven throughout the fabric of this, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's fifth recording. As it happens, it is something of a 'theme album', — a creature more common to rock than to 'serious' music.

All the compositions were written in the last few years and take on the question of what 'classical music' is (or may be) at the end of the 20th century. All were composed for the ASQ or submitted as entries in its International Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition. Read more »


Lament on the Death of Music, Leila Lustig

Sax Qt. and Additional Musicians
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