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Pastorale

by Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor

Romantic music for saxophone and piano
Genre: Classical: Romantic Era
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1. Siete Canciones Populaires Española: I. El Paño Moruno Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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2. Siete Canciones Populaires Española: II. Seguidilla Murcian Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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3. Siete Canciones Populaires Española: III. Asturiana Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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4. Siete Canciones Populaires Española: IV. Jota Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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5. Siete Canciones Populaires Española: V. Nana Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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6. Siete Canciones Populaires Española: VI. Canción Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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7. Siete Canciones Populaires Española: VII. Polo Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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8. Four Romantic Pieces: I. Allegro moderato Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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9. Four Romantic Pieces: II. Allegro maestoso Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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10. Four Romantic Pieces: III. Allegro appassionato Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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11. Four Romantic Pieces: IV. Larghetto Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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12. Pastorale Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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13. Sonata, Op. 167: I. Allegretto Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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14. Sonata, Op. 167: II. Allegro animato Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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15. Sonata, Op. 167: III. Lento Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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16. Sonata, Op. 167: IV. Molto allegro Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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17. Caprice Viennois Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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18. Pièce en forme de Habanera Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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19. Scaramouche: I. Vif Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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20. Scaramouche: II. Modéré Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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21. Scaramouche: III. Brazileira Gary Louie & Kirsten Taylor
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ABOUT THE RECORDING

Adolphe Sax, a Belgium instrument maker, invented the saxophone approximately 150 years ago. Hector Berlioz was the first to christen the repertoire for this new instrument in his work Hymne Sacré. Conducted by the composer, it was premiered on February 3, 1844 at the Hertz-Hall in Paris. Unfortunately this first piece arranged for the saxophone is now lost.

Although it was invented in the heart of the Romantic period, the saxophone did not enjoy the attentions of the great romantic composers. There are many reasons why the instrument did not have the number of masterpieces written for it as, say, the clarinet. One very important factor may have been Adolphe Sax himself. A cantankerous genius, he was born in Belgium but spent the professional part if his career in Paris. Consequently, he was always considered an outsider in the musical community. Many instrument makers were jealous of his creations and made it difficult for him and his inventions to become accepted in the musical community.

Another obstacle for Sax was his need to create a stable of brilliant saxophonists. No instrument can assert itself without outstanding artists. The first saxophone class was founded in 1857 at the Paris Conservatory and was headed by Sax. Unfortunately, because of financial reasons, this class was discontinued in 1870 and wasn't reinstated until 1942. The absence of such conservatory support and training dramatically affected the formative development of repertoire for the new instrument.

Without having a sizable traditional repertoire of classical works composed specifically for their instrument, saxophonists often include transcriptions in their recital programs. The works chosen for this recording, though most of them were not intended for the saxophone, seem ideally suited to the instrument's character and quality and serve as a wonderful introduction to the art of the classical saxophone.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Saxophonist Gary Louie and pianist Kirsten Taylor have been performing together since 1981 when they performed a series of concerts for the Detroit Public Schools. They have since been presented by such prestigious institutions as New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts', Alice Tully Hall and The Frick Collection; California's La Jolla Chamber Music Society; Boston's Jordan Hall; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Phillips Collection and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. International performances have been given in Paris at L'Opera Comique, in Rome at the Villa Medici, in Hong Kong and throughout Spain. They have performed on Spanish National Radio, Radio France, and on National Public Radio and Public Television.

Avid supporters and interpreters of contemporary music, they are actively involved in the commissioning and performing of new scores for their instruments. They have performed and premiered new works by such distinguished composers as William Albright, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Michael Hersch, Ned Rorem, Lori Laitman, John Anthony Lennon and many other composers of our time.

Ms. Taylor graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Theodore Lettvin. Post-graduate work was undertaken at Canada’s Banff Centre of Fine Arts and with Maria Curcio Diamond in London. She recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Leon Fleisher.

Gary Louie began serious studies on the saxophone with George Etheridge in Washington, D.C., and went on to study at the University of Michigan with the legendary saxophonist/teacher, Donald Sinta. Mr. Louie currently teaches at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

PRODUCER AND ENGINEER: Max Wilcox
DIGITAL MASTERING: New York Digital, Inc.
COVER IMAGE: Pastoral Landscape (1861), Asher Brown Durand, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C (public domain)
Original CD Release Date: 1993

PUBLISHING INFORMATION
Manuel de Falla: Siete Canciones Populaires Española
originally scored for voice and piano
Associated Music Publishers, Inc., New York
Antonin Dvorák: Four Romantic Pieces
originally scored for violin and piano
G. Schirmer, Inc., New York
Igor Stravinsky: Pastorale
originally scored for voice and piano
Schott Music Corp., New York
Camille Saint-Saëns: Sonata, Op. 167
originally scored for clarinet and piano
Theodore Presser Company, Bryn Mawr, USA
Fritz Kreisler: Caprice Viennois
originally scored for violin and piano
Charles Foley, New York
Maurice Ravel: Pièce En Forme De Habanera
originally scored for voice and piano
Alphonse Leduc, Paris
Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche
Editions Salabert, New York


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