Breathing Lessons

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Breathing Lessons



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Release date:

1st Aug 2011




63 minutes


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Breathing Lessons

Music for Saxophone Quartet


Rhapsody for Saxophone Quartet


Six Bagatelles


Breathing Lessons

Sauter, Eddie:

Piece for Tuba and Saxophone Quartet

Scott Mendoker (tuba)


Sax Quartet

New Hudson Saxophone Quartet



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The saxophone quartet is a versatile and exciting medium and the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet is one of the world leaders in the field. The music ranges widely and embraces the jazz-derived rhythmic drive of Elias Tanenbaum’s Sax Quartet as well as the multi-movement and coloristic expression of David Sampson’s Breathing Lessons.

Dexter Morrill pays homage to two great jazz saxophonists as well as to classical models, whilst Eddie Sauter’s almost unknown work for tuba and saxophone quartet is full of imaginative invention.

Eric Ewazen provides a brilliant and energetic conclusion. Whether written for or premièred by the group, these are all first recordings.

Elias Tanenbaum: Sax Quartet

Sax Quartet

David Sampson: Breathing Lessons

Scene 1: Maggie and Ira Doran, A Trip to Deer Lick

Interlude 1: Settle for Being Ordinary?

Scene 2: Daniel Otis Meets the Dorans

Interlude 2: Lives alone… drying out like a raisin

Scene 3: Jesse and Fiona: Reunion

Interlude 3: 4 vacant rockers

Scene 4: Maggie

Dexter Morrill: 6 Bagatelles

No. 1. Prelude (to the memory of Harry Camey)

No. 2. Scales

No. 3. Duet

No. 4. Mediterranean

No. 5. Blues Interlude

No. 6. Riffs (to the memory of Zoot Sims)

Eddie Sauter: Piece for Tuba and Saxophone Quartet

I. quarter note = 60

II. quarter note = 120

III. quarter note = 60

IV. quarter note = 126

Eric Ewazen: Rhapsody for Saxophone Quartet

Rhapsody for Saxophone Quartet

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