Cantata for Soprano, Alto Saxophone, and Piano (1938) by Wolfgang Jacobi (1894-1972) is based on two poems from the early part of the seventeenth-century: Amori by Pietro Michiele, and Pastorale by Francesco della Valle. Both poems can be found in a collection of Marinist poetry assembled in the early part of the twentieth-century by Benedetto Croce. Jacobi’s musical writing highlights the ornate style of the Marinist poets with his various approaches to text setting, including intricate rhythms, virtuosic technical demands, and dense harmonic content. Taking on the style suggested by the name “cantata,” the piece consists of various sections, opening with saxophone alone, which is then joined by piano for an extended amount of time. The voice is finally heard in a recitative style, and it is not until after this recitative that all three voices finally sound simultaneously. Throughout the work, each section captures different genres, regularly fusing baroque forms with twentieth-century tonality. This performance was recorded live at New England Conservatory's Brown Hall with Jacquelyn Stucker (soprano) and Chelsea Whitaker (piano).
Composed by Erwin Dressel (1909-1972), the Partita for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1965) was written and dedicated to virtuoso saxophonist Sigurd M. Rascher. Cast in five movements, each carries a title with neo-baroque connotations, yet the music itself imbues a romantic compositional language. Dressel uses the saxophone in a style that is very reminiscent of the music of Brahms and the late-romantics, an era where the saxophone was often not heard outside of Paris. If you listen closely, you can hear quotes from other composers throughout the work, particularly the music of Richard Strauss in this final movement. This performance was recorded live at New England Conservatory's Brown Hall with pianist Chelsea Whitaker.
Anton Webern's masterpiece of the saxophone and chamber music repertoire is performed here by Andrew with violinist Yoojin Baek, clarinetist Geneviève Rivard, and pianist Joanne Kang, live at the Fuchs Chamber Competition Winner's Concert in 2014.