2020-2021 Program Offerings

New Traditions

The traditional music of the countries and ethnicities represented here has not only had a lasting influence on chamber music composed following serious study of this music but has endured as a tradition that remains alive and vibrant. Beginning with great works of the chamber music canon that have heavily used the folk tradition, this program then proceeds to a catalog of great traditional music from around the globe arranged for saxophone quartet specifically for this program ending with highly virtuosic music and great fun.


Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)/arr. DSQ

String Quartet No. 12 in F Major "American" (1893) (20 minutes)
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
III. Molto vivace
IV. Finale: vivace ma non troppo


György Ligeti (1923-2006)/arr. DSQ

Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (1953) (13 minutes)
I. Allegro con spirit
II. Rubato. Lamentoso
III. Cantabile, molto legato
IV. Vivace. Energico
V. Adagio. Mesto - Belá Bartók in memoriam
VI. Vivace. Capriccioso


Leó Weiner (1885-1960)/Graser

Csűrdöngölő (1932) (3 minutes)


Jay Ungar (b. 1946)/Graser

Ashokan Farewell (1982) (6 minutes)

Bela Fleck (b. 1958)/Graser

UFO Tofu (1992) (4 minutes)

Mark O’Connor (b. 1961)/Graser

Appalachia Waltz (1993) (7 minutes)


Reel Set (12 minutes)

Emily’s Reel (Mark O’Connor)

Gold Rush
Mason’s Apron
Angeline the Baker


Irish Traditional/Graser
The Green Groves of Erin/The Flowers of Red Hill (3 minutes)

Spirits in the Machine

Inspired by the writings of composer Marc Mellits of the saxophone quartet functioning as one machine powered by four

individuals, this program highlights contemporary works for the ensemble influenced by funk, soul, minimalism; all with a

lyrical tone that fuses with earlier works from the chamber music/classical canon that highlight a full palette of compositional

and instrumental colors.


Chris Hass (b. 1993)

Volcanic Ash (2017) (8 minutes)

*Winner of 2017 DSQ Composition Competition


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)/Graser

String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 (1825) (15 minutes)

III. Molto Adagio “Heiliger Dankgesang”

Marc Mellits (b. 1966)

Ex Machina (2017) (17 minutes)

Machine I (let the funk out)

Machine II (flowing)

Machine III (not quite, but almost pensive; sunflowers in love)

Machine IV (dancing a mean ghastly dance)

Machine V (the morning after)

Machine VI (flowing, lyrical, & songlike)

Machine VII (aggressive & funky)




David Biedenbender (b. 1984)

Cerulean (2017) (14 minutes)

I. Sirens

II. Lullaby

III. Goof Groove


J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)/Graser

Selections from Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 (post. 1751) (8 minutes)

John Mackey (b. 1973)

Unquiet Spirits (2012) (12 minutes)




Sax Encounterpoint

The juxtaposition of the masterworks of Bach and Beethoven showcases not only the influence of counterpoint on

Beethoven’s writing but also the versatility of the saxophone quartet’s timbre. Whether showing fiercely independent lines or

moments of supreme homogeneity, these works lend themselves to the saxophone quartet in beguiling fashion.


J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)/Graser

Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (40 minutes)



Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)/Graser

String Quartet in C# Minor, Op. 131 (1826) (35 minutes)

I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo

II. Allegro molto vivace

III. Allegro moderato - Adagio

IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile

V. Presto

VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante

VII. Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)/Graser

String Quartet Op. 59 No. 3 “Razumovsky” (1808) (5 minutes)

IV. Allegro Molto


*Additional selections/substitutions available for this program:


J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)/Graser

Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 (post. 1751) (50 minutes)


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)/Graser

String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 (1825) (15 minutes)

III. Molto Adagio “Heiliger Dankgesang”


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)/Graser

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso” (1810) (20 minutes)

I. Allegro con brio

II. Allegretto ma non troppo

III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso

IV. Larghetto espressivo; Allegretto agitato; Allegro