Repertoire list


198 items:

Abou-Khalil
Arabian Waltz
Title:
Arabian Waltz
Composer:
Abou-Khalil
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Transcription
About:

recorded on Amstel Tracks cd

Absil
Quatuor
Title:
Quatuor
Composer:
Absil
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Traditional
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Adriaansz, Peter
Three Quartets
Title:
Three Quartets (2009)
Composer:
Adriaansz, Peter (1966)
Country:
Netherlands / USA
Duration:
27:05
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:

written for Percussion Group The Hague, Matangi, Amstel Quartet and Sinewaves Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_foCLC7-ZQ

Agricola
Je n'ay deui
Title:
Je n'ay deui
Composer:
Agricola
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
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Agricola
Salve Regina I
Title:
Salve Regina I
Composer:
Agricola
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
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 Transcription
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Alkema, Henk
Saxofoonkwartet
Title:
Saxofoonkwartet
Composer:
Alkema, Henk (1944-2011)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Altena, Maarten
Scattered Scenes
Title:
Scattered Scenes (2008)
Composer:
Altena, Maarten (1943)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
16
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
 
 
Andriessen, Louis
Facing Death
Title:
Facing Death (1991)
Composer:
Andriessen, Louis (1939)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:

Louis Andriessen, Facing Death The Dutch composer Louis Andriessen (b.1939) has at various times drawn on compositional processes taken from the 15th through to the 18th centuries, as weil as being profoundly influenced by Stravinsky. He has taken concepts from Ives and Satie, and been consistently fascinated by popular music and jazz. The quintessential Andriessen ensemble sound, heavily reliant on brass, keyboards and electric guitars owes much to his interest in these latter genres, and the jazz world clearly provides the foundation for Facing Death (1991).

This work takes as its starting point the be-bop lines of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, an artist who was important to the young Andriessen in his formative years. Originally the work was scored for string quartet, a curious paradox since, as Andriessen himself has admitted, be-bop lines are not at all idiomatic for string instruments. They are, however, idiomatic for saxophones, and parker's angular and frenetic style sits much more comfortably in this version than the "original". Text: Stephen Cottrell / Amstel Quartet

Andriessen, Louis
Workers Union
Title:
Workers Union (1975)
Composer:
Andriessen, Louis (1939)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
26
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
for any loud sounding group of instruments . . . . . . .
 
 
Bach
Toccata, Adagio & Fuge in C . BWV564
Title:
Toccata, Adagio & Fuge in C . BWV564 (1708)
Composer:
Bach (1685-1750)
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
13:00
Tags:
 Transcription
About:

originally for organ

Bach
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit (BWV 669)
Title:
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit (BWV 669)
Composer:
Bach
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
 
 
Bach
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 659)
Title:
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 659)
Composer:
Bach (1685-1750)
Country:
Germany
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
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Bach
Vater unser im Himmelreich (BWV 737)
Title:
Vater unser im Himmelreich (BWV 737)
Composer:
Bach
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
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Bach
Prelude and Fuge in f (BWV 857)
Title:
Prelude and Fuge in f (BWV 857)
Composer:
Bach
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
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 Transcription
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Bach
Prelude and Fuge in D (BWV 532)
Title:
Prelude and Fuge in D (BWV 532)
Composer:
Bach
Country:
Duration:
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 Transcription
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Bach
2nd Cello Suite; Prélude, Sarabande and Gigue
Title:
2nd Cello Suite; Prélude, Sarabande and Gigue
Composer:
Bach (1685-1750)
Country:
Germany
Arranger:
Wijnand Van Klaveren
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:

recorded on Amstel Tracks cd

 
 
Bach
Fantasia & Fuge in c minor BWV 537
Title:
Fantasia & Fuge in c minor BWV 537
Composer:
Bach (1685-1750)
Country:
Germany
Arranger:
Mellema
Duration:
7'
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Bach J.S.
Allemande from 1st cello suite in G, BWV 1007
Title:
Allemande from 1st cello suite in G, BWV 1007 (ca. 1720)
Composer:
Bach J.S. (1685-1750)
Country:
Germany
Arranger:
Wijnand van Klaveren
Duration:
4:35
Tags:
 Transcription
About:

arrangement made for the opening of the Grachtenfestival 2011. performance with dancer Besim Hoti.

Bannink
Highlights (in Dutch, with singer Thomas Oliemans)
Title:
Highlights (in Dutch, with singer Thomas Oliemans)
Composer:
Bannink
Country:
Netherlands
Arranger:
Van Klaveren, Van Dijk, Hubeek, Jak, Apswoude
Duration:
Tags:
 Miscellaneous
About:
For more information on Thomas Oliemans please visit: www.thomasoliemans.nl
Barber, Samuel
Adagio, Op. 11
Title:
Adagio, Op. 11
Composer:
Barber, Samuel ((1910 - 1)
Country:
US
Arranger:
Johan Van Der Linden
Duration:
7:15
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
SAMUEL BARBER (1910 – 1981) Adagio (arr. J. v/d Linden) He originally wrote it as the second movement of a string quartet in 1936, but within two years was arranged it for string orchestra. In this form, it became not only his most popular work, but also an unofficial American anthem of mourning, played after the deaths of Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy. The two versions, string quartet and string orchestra, make their own separate effect. The string quartet version, is intimate and occurs in the context of other movements. Not surprising for an artist with wide literary interests, Barber found initial inspiration in a passage from Vergil's Georgics describing how a rivulet gradually becomes a large river. Although the idea doesn't limit the Adagio's emotional meaning, you can see how it influences the overall shape of the work -a long arch beginning quietly, gradually building to an overwhelming climax, and winding down to a quiet end. Barber constructs the long-lined, spiralling theme from musical sequence- that is, a group of notes is repeated slightly higher (as in this case) or lower. Sequence is the most elementary form of variation, and most composers learn to use it sparingly. Barber builds an entire piece from it. The version for saxophone quartet gives an extra dimension to the piece; the natural feeling of breathing a musical phrase. Or another version of the programme notes for this piece: Barber's Adagio for strings - originally the second movement of his string quartet No. 1 op. 11- has become one of the most frequently performed American works in the orchestral repertoire. Johan van der Linden's arrangement for saxophone quartet restores the intimacy of the chamber music version. The Adagio has a profound effect on its listeners - the remarkable ability to draw the listener into a quiet meditation. Because of this, Barber's Adagio for Strings was played at the funerals of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, as well as Princess Grace and Raineir III, Prince of Monaco. Barber's Adagio for Strings can also be found in movies like Platoon, The Elephant Man, S1m0ne, Lorenzo's Oil, El Norte (1984), The Scarlet Letter, and Amélie.
Beethoven
Sonate Pastorale op.28
Title:
Sonate Pastorale op.28
Composer:
Beethoven
Country:
Austria
Arranger:
Ties Mellema
Duration:
7:10
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Concertized as one movement or the whole Sonata Pastorale (4 movements) Programme notes: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Sonate opus 28 'Pastorale' (arr. T.H. Mellema) De Sonate opus 28 werd geschreven in hetzelfde jaar als de C#-klein sonate. Beethoven werkte zoals hij wel vaker deed aan twee werken tegelijk. De D-groot (samen met E-groot kenmerkend voor de Pastorale toonsoort) heeft als bijnaam 'Pastorale', maar die naam gaf de componist niet zelf, hij werd waarschijnlijk gegeven door zijn uitgever, Cranz in Hamburg. Desondanks lijkt de titel echter goed gekozen. We vinden in de 'Pastorale'-Sonate een kalme, harmonieuze en een bijna opgewekte atmosfeer, een gelijkmatig humeur en dankbare vreugde. Ze dragen allemaal bij aan het gevoel dat Beethoven een grote persoonlijke liefde had voor de natuur. Zelfs het Andante in mineur klinkt kalm en berustend, niet droevig. Dit deel gaat vloeiend over in het blije Scherzo in D-groot, dat doet denken aan het getsjilp van vogeltjes en voor een mooie balans met het voorgaande deel zorgt. Het laatste deel lijkt in veel opzichten een voorloper van de Finale van de Pastorale Symfonie. Door zijn lange lijnen en zijn rustige tempo. In het geheel genomen is deze sonate een ode aan de schoonheid en en de vrede van de natuur en de landelijke omgeving. De Sonate werd opgedragen aan Joseph von Sonnenfels, secretaris van de Academie voor de Schone Kunsten. Waarschijnlijk was deze dedicatie een beleefdheid naar een belangrijk man in de kunstwereld van Wenen. Misschien verwachtte de relatief jonge Beethoven hulp, sympathie of interesse van von Sonnenfels. Czerny zei overigens dat deze sonate de favoriete sonate van de meester zelf was, Beethoven speelde het stuk zelf vaak.
Beljon, Gerard
Didgeridoo
Title:
Didgeridoo
Composer:
Beljon, Gerard
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Miscellaneous
About:
Didgeridoo, sSaxophone Quartet and Organ Een didgeridoo is een lange buis die als je er goed op weet te blazen door zijn lengte en vorm spannende, hypnotiserende klanken kan voortbrengen: intrigerend laag, boventoonrijk en ritmisch pulserend. Het klinkt een beetje zoals het woord 'Didgeridoo' zelf, als je dat een aantal keren achter elkaar uitspreekt. Het aparte, geheimzinnige instrument dat wordt bespeeld door de oorspronkelijke bewoners van Australie, intrigeerde en inspireerde me. Het geluid van de didgeridoo, de toon en het ritme werden dan ook het uitgangspunt voor deze compositie. Met de klank van de didgeridoo in mijn achterhoofd, ben ik gaan zoeken naar mogelijkheden bij saxen en orgel om die klanken en ritmes in het stuk te verwerken. In essentie maken zowel het orgel als de saxofoons natuurlijk ook gebruik van een buis waardoor lucht wordt geblazen zodat er een toon kan ontstaan. Bij het orgel gebeurt dat mechanisch, bij de saxen door middel van de adem. Door bij het orgel twee registers af te wisselen en de saxen dezelfde toon door middel van verschillende grepen te laten spelen, ontstond er een rustig, schommelend ritme dat doet denken aan de didgeridoo. Het idee werkte voor mij als een mal voor de compositie. Ik kon er andere klanken en ritmes aan ophangen, en daarmee componeerde ik uiteindelijk mijn muzikale verhaal. Zoals vaker in mijn muziek is ook dit stuk gebaseerd op de klank, de eenvoud en de schoonheid van een enkele toon waaruit een wereld van muziek kan voortkomen.
Beljon, Gerard
Greetingz
Title:
Greetingz (2011)
Composer:
Beljon, Gerard (1952)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
10'
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
http://home.tiscali.nl/gbeljon/
Bernstein
The West Side Story
Title:
The West Side Story
Composer:
Bernstein
Country:
Duration:
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 Transcription
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Boedijn, Gerard
Badinage in een groen knollenland
Title:
Badinage in een groen knollenland
Composer:
Boedijn, Gerard
Country:
Duration:
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Bol, Ivo
Contamination
Title:
Contamination (2006)
Composer:
Bol, Ivo (1970)
Country:
Netherlands
Arranger:
Ivo Bol
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:

with live electonics, samples and Lisa

Bol, Ivo
Rhythmic Fantasy
Title:
Rhythmic Fantasy (2008)
Composer:
Bol, Ivo (1970)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:

with live electronics, samples and Lisa

 
 
Bol, Ivo
The Bail Out
Title:
The Bail Out (2008)
Composer:
Bol, Ivo (1970)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
10
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:

with Ivo on laptops and controllers. ----The Bailout is a piece for the Saxophone quartet and LiSa / JunXion, inspired by the history of the auto industry in Detroit and the "auto bailout" by the US government. In the first part the saxophones trigger text fragments from opponents and advocates of the bailout plan such as Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush, Obama and Rick Wagener, the CEO of GM, and excerpts from films about Detroit from the twenties and sixties describing Detroit and its Auto industry. This is done by using the audio input of JunXion to generate midi notes that are send to LiSa, in a way that one of the saxophones interrupts whatever text is already been triggered by one of the other saxophones. In this way the instruments "talk" and "discuss" with each other. The second and third part I am playing myself using the Wiimote and the Korg Kaoss Pad (as midi ctrl), the saxophones play notes that are based on the melody of the text / speakers, and of manipulations that I made with LiSa using an old filmscore. The idea is that in the first part the text is clearly audibale as an important part of the composition, gradually during the piece text becomes less prominent and in the end there is only music. Getting the levels at the mics, in the soundcard and in JunXion was a very time consuming but important part of the work and I was happy to have to time and advice that was provided by STEIM. - - - --

 
 
Bol, Ivo
Het Boek, het volk en de strijd
Title:
Het Boek, het volk en de strijd (2009)
Composer:
Bol, Ivo (1970)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:

composition made in collaboration with Olivier Sliepen and Bas Apswoude

Bozza
Andante et Scherzo
Title:
Andante et Scherzo
Composer:
Bozza
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Traditional
About:
Brahms
Poco Allegretto from Symphony No. 3
Title:
Poco Allegretto from Symphony No. 3 (1883)
Composer:
Brahms (1833-1897)
Country:
Germany
Arranger:
R. Jak
Duration:
7:01
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Bryars
Alaric I or II
Title:
Alaric I or II
Composer:
Bryars
Country:
GB
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
recorded on Straight Lines cd
 
 
Bulsink, Wilbert
Barricade
Title:
Barricade (2014)
Composer:
Bulsink, Wilbert (1983)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
3:30
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:

Barricade! (2008-10, version 2014, 3'30'') This piece is based on the game Malefiz (Barricade). The four players of the quartet follow the same steps as the players of the game. One of them wins. Barricade! was composed between 2008 and 2010. The present arrangement was created specifically for the Amstel Quartet. Barricade! is geschreven in opdracht van de NPS voor de Avond van de Jonge Musicus 2010. De versie voor saxofoonkwartet werd speciaal voor het Amstel Quartet geschreven. De vier musici van het kwartet voeren precies dezelfde stappen uit als de vier spelers van een potje Barricade. Eén van de spelers wint.

Buxtehude
Passacaglia in d BuxWV 161
Title:
Passacaglia in d BuxWV 161
Composer:
Buxtehude
Country:
Duration:
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 Transcription
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Buxtehude
Te Deum laudamus BuxWV 218
Title:
Te Deum laudamus BuxWV 218
Composer:
Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)
Country:
Germany
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
13:00
Tags:
 Transcription
About:

Pleni sunt coeli et terra (Secundus versus)

Buxtehude, Dietrich
Partita Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179
Title:
Partita Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179
Composer:
Buxtehude, Dietrich
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Traditional
About:
Buxtehude, Dietrich
Praeludium in g, BuxWV 149
Title:
Praeludium in g, BuxWV 149
Composer:
Buxtehude, Dietrich (1637-1707)
Country:
Arranger:
Bas
Duration:
8'
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Carter
Canonic Suite
Title:
Canonic Suite
Composer:
Carter
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Traditional
About:
Cleary, Siobhán
Conachlann
Title:
Conachlann (2008)
Composer:
Cleary, Siobhán (1970)
Country:
Ireland
Duration:
8
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
commissioned for the Amstel Quartet and Maria Mcgarry with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon for performance at the Sligo New Music Festival in 2008
Creston, Paul
Suite for Saxophone Quartet opus 111
Title:
Suite for Saxophone Quartet opus 111 (1979)
Composer:
Creston, Paul (1906-1985)
Country:
US
Duration:
15'
Tags:
 Traditional,  Contemporary
About:
Prelude Scherzino Pastorale Rondó
Cutler
Screaming 239a
Title:
Screaming 239a
Composer:
Cutler
Country:
GB
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
de Kanter, Fant
FEINT
Title:
FEINT (2012)
Composer:
de Kanter, Fant (1969)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
De Kruyf, Ton
Chautari
Title:
Chautari (2005)
Composer:
De Kruyf, Ton (1937)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
11
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
with string quartet and percussion
De Kruyf, Ton
Musica Portuensis
Title:
Musica Portuensis
Composer:
De Kruyf, Ton
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
De Kruyf, Ton
Sphynx
Title:
Sphynx (2011)
Composer:
De Kruyf, Ton (1937)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
10´
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
De Man
Catch
Title:
Catch
Composer:
De Man
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Debussy
Suite Bergamasque
Title:
Suite Bergamasque
Composer:
Debussy
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Desenclos
Quatuor pour Saxophones
Title:
Quatuor pour Saxophones
Composer:
Desenclos
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Traditional
About:
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Shruut
Title:
Shruut (2008)
Composer:
Dijkstra, Jorrit (1965)
Country:
NL/US
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Bounce
Title:
Bounce (2010)
Composer:
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
Donatoni
Rasch
Title:
Rasch
Composer:
Donatoni
Country:
IT
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
recorded on One Gram of Time cd
Donatoni, Franco
Rasch II
Title:
Rasch II (1995)
Composer:
Donatoni, Franco (1927-2000)
Country:
Italia
Duration:
11
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
with piano and percussion
 
 
Donatoni, Franco
Rasch
Title:
Rasch (1990)
Composer:
Donatoni, Franco (1927-2000)
Country:
Italy
Duration:
5:00
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:

Recorded on 1 Gram of Time

Douw
Into the rose garden
Title:
Into the rose garden
Composer:
Douw
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Dramm
Masterbopblaster
Title:
Masterbopblaster
Composer:
Dramm
Country:
NL,US
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Dufourt
Quatuor pour saxophones
Title:
Quatuor pour saxophones
Composer:
Dufourt
Country:
FR
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
recorded on One Gram of Time cd
Dun, Tan
from: eight sketches in Hunan accent
Title:
from: eight sketches in Hunan accent (2008)
Composer:
Dun, Tan (1956)
Country:
China/US
Arranger:
Apswoude. Bas
Duration:
9
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
three movements from from: eight sketches in Hunan accent>>> Floating Clouds, Ancient Burial and Sunrain.<<<
 
 
Fauré
Pelleas er Melisande (+piano)
Title:
Pelleas er Melisande (+piano) (1893)
Composer:
Fauré (1845-1924)
Country:
France
Arranger:
Wijnand van Klaveren
Duration:
16:00
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Fauré
Sicilienne
Title:
Sicilienne (1893 )
Composer:
Fauré (1845-1924)
Country:
France
Arranger:
Van Klaveren
Duration:
3:09
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
 
 
Fiumara, Anthony
I dreamed in Cities
Title:
I dreamed in Cities (2014/2015)
Composer:
Fiumara, Anthony (1968)
Country:
Arranger:
Fiumara, Anthony
Duration:
15'
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:

adaption of string quartet made by the composer. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- It is sometimes said that the string quartet is a conversation between four equals. That's probably true. But for me, the four family members from the string family, arranged in the score from high to low, are perhaps more akin to a choir or vocal ensemble. The string quartet is a singing rather than speaking group of musicians. The title I Dreamed in the Cities at Night is taken from the poem by Remco Campert. It was the title that on beforehand belonged to the piece that I wanted to write, don't ask me why. And it's a title that I wanted to have invented myself. The connection to that poet did not come out of the blue. The second part of the quartet is based on my choral work Lamento, a setting of the eponymous poem by Campert. And in the third part I quote The House That I Built, my work based on a short song by Henry Thoreau. Maybe the rhetorical first part of I Dreamed in the Cities at Night behaves the most like a conversation between four equals. But eventually, even that flows into a song. Anthony Fiumara, 5 december 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Florio, Caryl
Quartette (Allegro de Concert)
Title:
Quartette (Allegro de Concert) (1879)
Composer:
Florio, Caryl (1843-1920)
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
About:
Caryl Florio [William James Robjohn]
Franck
Prélude, Fugue et Variation
Title:
Prélude, Fugue et Variation
Composer:
Franck
Country:
Belgium
Arranger:
Remco Jak
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:

recorded on Amstel Tracks cd

Franck, César
Allegro non troppo from Symphony in d
Title:
Allegro non troppo from Symphony in d
Composer:
Franck, César (1822-1890)
Country:
Belgium
Arranger:
Remco Jak
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Franssens
Harmony of the Spheres
Title:
Harmony of the Spheres (2008)
Composer:
Franssens
Country:
Netherlands
Arranger:
Franssens
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
movt. II and IV 1994/2001/2008
Franssens
The Straight Line
Title:
The Straight Line
Composer:
Franssens
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
recorded on Straight Lines cd
Frey, Jürg
Extended Circular Music no. 7
Title:
Extended Circular Music no. 7 (2014)
Composer:
Frey, Jürg (1953)
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
9'
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Fujikura
Reach Out
Title:
Reach Out
Composer:
Fujikura
Country:
JP
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Gabrieli, Giovanni
Canzon Quarta
Title:
Canzon Quarta
Composer:
Gabrieli, Giovanni (1557-1618)
Country:
Italia
Arranger:
B. Apswoude
Duration:
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Gabrieli, Giovanni
O Magnum Mysterium
Title:
O Magnum Mysterium
Composer:
Gabrieli, Giovanni (1557-1618)
Country:
Italia
Arranger:
R. Jak
Duration:
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with organ
Galante, Steven
sealed with a kiss
Title:
sealed with a kiss (1972)
Composer:
Galante, Steven (1953)
Country:
Duration:
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 Contemporary
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Germanavicius
Ophiuchus
Title:
Ophiuchus
Composer:
Germanavicius
Country:
LT
Duration:
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Germanavicius
Voices from Nowhere
Title:
Voices from Nowhere
Composer:
Germanavicius
Country:
LT
Duration:
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 Contemporary
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recorded on Baltica cd
Germanus
Jatwerk voor vier Helers
Title:
Jatwerk voor vier Helers
Composer:
Germanus
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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 Contemporary
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Gershwin
Summertime (+trombones)
Title:
Summertime (+trombones)
Composer:
Gershwin
Country:
Arranger:
v. Klaveren
Duration:
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Glass
Mishima
Title:
Mishima
Composer:
Glass
Country:
Arranger:
Amstel Quartet
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recorded on Amstel Tracks cd Philip Glass(1937), Mishima (1985) In his string quartets Philip Glass, like many other composers, achieves moments of profound introspection about both self and music. Indeed. Philip Glass' string quartets contain some of the composer's most intimate music. 'In an odd way," Glass explains, 'string quartets have always functioned like that for composers... ' His third string quartet 'Mishima' was used as the film score for the 1985 Paul Schrader film of the same name. It tells us about Yukio Mishima's life in four chapters: three chapters treat the public, private and literary sides of his life and these are intercalated by the fourth, which deals with his shocking final day ending in his suicide in the samurai way. In the film score, both string quartet and large orchestra are used. but it is the former which is most characteristic of Mishima's life; it reflects the most intimate aspects of the film and the protagonist's character, thoughts, hopes and fears... Despite its conception as film music, the third string quartet is, as Glass puts it. "independent mus ic that could stand alone as a concert suite." In this light, it is logical that this saxophone quartet’s three movement version of "Mishima" was officially acknowledged by Philip Glass. (Text: Olivier Sliepen)
Glass
Concerto
Title:
Concerto (1995)
Composer:
Glass
Country:
US
Duration:
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 Contemporary
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in 4 mvtms. - recorded on Amstel Peijl album
 
 
Glass, Philip
Music in Similar Motion
Title:
Music in Similar Motion (1969)
Composer:
Glass, Philip (1937)
Country:
USA
Duration:
18:00
Tags:
 Miscellaneous,  Contemporary
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for saxophones and EWI's [breathcontrolled synthesizers made by AKAI]

"The real innovation in 'Similar Motion' is its sense of drama. The earlier pieces were meditative, steady-state pieces that established a mood and stayed there. But 'Similar Motion' starts with one voice, then adds another playing a fourth above the original line, and then another playing a fourth below the original line, and finally a last line kicks in to complete the sound. As each new voice enters, there is a dramatic change in the music".

Philip Glass

Glazunow
Quartet in B flat op.109
Title:
Quartet in B flat op.109 (1932)
Composer:
Glazunow (1865-1936)
Country:
Ru
Duration:
Tags:
 Traditional
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ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Saxophone Quartet in B-flat opus 109 (1932) In 1932, Russian Alexander Glazunov wrote a saxophone quartet after composing many pieces for string quartets. His inspiration for his view on the saxophone was based on the Quatuor des Saxophones de la Garde Républicaine which was established by the French saxophone pioneer Marcel Mule in 1928. Glazunov, educated in the Mogoetsjaja koetsjka (five important Russian composers) and emigrated to Paris in 1928, was contaminated with the increasingly growing saxophone virus in the French capital and played a brilliant role in it. His quartet opus 109 was the first comprehensive saxophone quartet which could measure itself with the best the compositional field had to offer. Soon after its premier the work grew to be a benchmark in the saxophone repertoire. Glazunov’s saxophone quartet is composed of three parts. Allegro, Canzona variée and Finale. In the middle part, a five variation theme, Glazunov gives away how much his focus already was on Europe; the third as well as fourth variations' respective subtitles are A la Schumann and A la Chopin. Alternative notes: In the autumn of his life the Russian composer Alexander Glazunov (1865 - 1936) lived and worked in Paris, where he had moved in 1928. He discovered the possibilities of the saxophone quartet in 1932, attending a concert of the saxophone quartet of the "Garde des Républicains" , which was conducted by the eminent Marcel Mule. This quartet , which was formed in 1928, chiefly played arrangements , as repertoire was lacking. Glazunov, who was deeply impressed, decided as one of the first composers of the twentieth century, to write a saxophone quartet. It was quite remarkable, that someone who was known as a traditionalist (his nickname was "The Russian Brahms"), ventured this experiment. In style and form the work is a bridge to the nineteenth century. In general it has a pastoral atmosphere; it is the "piece de résistance" of the saxophone quartet repertoire, also by its length.
Gubaidulina
In Erwartung
Title:
In Erwartung
Composer:
Gubaidulina
Country:
RU
Duration:
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Gubaidulina, Sofia
Transformation/Verwandlung
Title:
Transformation/Verwandlung (2003)
Composer:
Gubaidulina, Sofia (1931)
Country:
RU
Duration:
15'
Tags:
 Contemporary
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Transformation Verwandlung (2003) 15' for trombone, saxophone quartet, cello, double bass and tam-tam. played with Pierre Volders- trombone
Hartmann, Thomas de
Kolyadki
Title:
Kolyadki
Composer:
Hartmann, Thomas de (1885-1956)
Country:
RUS
Duration:
12'
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Kolyadki Ukranian Carols
Haydn
Quartet in Eb Op. 76, No. 6
Title:
Quartet in Eb Op. 76, No. 6
Composer:
Haydn
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
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Haydn
Quartet in f, Op. 20, No. 5
Title:
Quartet in f, Op. 20, No. 5
Composer:
Haydn
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
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Haydn
Quartet in Bb, Op. 64, No. 3
Title:
Quartet in Bb, Op. 64, No. 3
Composer:
Haydn (1732-1809)
Country:
Austria
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
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Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3 Much has been said of Haydn as 'father' of the string quartet, which indeed he was with his enormous output in that genre. Beyond that astounding accomplishment, however, we must realize that with the refinement of that form he also defined the Classical period, moving once and for all from the Baroque. It was left for Mozart and Beethoven to culminate the Classical style, but no one represented it any better than Haydn in his string quartets.

Haydn's voluminous output alone does not explain his powerful musical and cultural influence. His 83 string quartets, though daunting in number, are also overwhelming in their stylistic breadth and ingenuity. They move across the boundaries of the Baroque and the Classical and even lick the edges of Romanticism.

The move to a freer, more emotional expression was occasioned by the end of Haydn's 29-year tenure as Kappelmeister in the court of the Hungarian aristocrat, Prince Paul Anton Esterházy. That, coupled with two highly successful visits to London, gave Haydn a wider musical exposure. Freed from musical and financial obligations, Haydn went to London where, under the direction of the German violinist and impresario Johann Peter Salomon, he became an international celebrity.

If there was a certain new-found verve and sophistication to his work, surely that is reflected in the six quartets of Op. 64 known as the 'Tost Quartets.' The set was published in 1791 shortly after the collapse of the Esterházy court. It should come of no surprise, therefore, that the dedicatee was the violinist Johann Tost, a member of Haydn's orchestra during his thirty years in the employ of Count Esterházy. The exact details of that dedication are a source of scholarly debate.

The first movement bears all the best Haydn imprints: energy, charm, wit. These are combined with a wonderful conversational quality, rich thematic development, and no small display of virtuosity. Typical in this movement, also, are Haydn's quick 'frowns' or, more musically stated, modulations from the major to the minor.

The tender sadness of the Adagio refutes any thought of 'Happy Haydn.' Here he weaves beautiful melodies into a complex song shared by all the instruments. He also makes dramatic use of the repeated note in a way that suggests music far ahead of his time.

The third movement Menuetto is a return to more traditional 18th century elegance but one fraught, once again, with modulations to the minor key. The movement abounds with embellishments' grace notes, turns, and trills. It is also rhythmically rich with syncopation.

In the Finale, Haydn allows himself almost sheer fun. The high-spirits are interrupted only for a moment before the lively coda completes the work.

2009 Lucy Miller Murray Lucy Miller Murray is founder of Market Square Concerts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her book, Adams to Zemlinsky: A Friendly Guide to Chamber Music, was published by Concert Artists Guild of New York and is available at amazon.com. A second edition is forthcoming.

 
 
Henderickx, Wim
The Seven Chakras
Title:
The Seven Chakras (2004/2009)
Composer:
Henderickx, Wim (1962)
Country:
Belgium
Arranger:
Henderickx, Wim
Duration:
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adaption of his string quartet, made by the composer

Heppener
Canzona
Title:
Canzona
Composer:
Heppener
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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Jacob TV
Heartbreakers
Title:
Heartbreakers
Composer:
Jacob TV (1951)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
17
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
with boombox and DVD 1997/2006 or with piano, bass and drums and CD
 
 
Jacob TV
Jesus is Coming
Title:
Jesus is Coming
Composer:
Jacob TV (1951)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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Jacob TV
Post Nuclear Winterscenario
Title:
Post Nuclear Winterscenario
Composer:
Jacob TV
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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Janaçek
2 adagio's
Title:
2 adagio's
Composer:
Janaçek
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
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John Cage
Four5
Title:
Four5 (1991)
Composer:
John Cage (1912-1992)
Country:
USA
Duration:
11
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Kadar
Ataccot
Title:
Ataccot
Composer:
Kadar
Country:
NL,FR,HU,D
Duration:
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 Contemporary
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Kadri Gopalnath
Hidden Secrets
Title:
Hidden Secrets
Composer:
Kadri Gopalnath (1949)
Country:
India
Arranger:
Remco Jak
Duration:
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for saxophone quartet and tabla's

Kõrvits, Tõnu
Sketches of Thule
Title:
Sketches of Thule (2007)
Composer:
Kõrvits, Tõnu (1969)
Country:
Estonia
Duration:
9'
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:

with Organ - written for the Amstel Quartet and Pieter van Dijk - commisioned by The Orgelpark

 
 
Kõrvits, Tõnu
The Assignation
Title:
The Assignation
Composer:
Kõrvits, Tõnu (1969)
Country:
Estonia
Duration:
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 Contemporary
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Kerger
Schneelicht, bebend weiss
Title:
Schneelicht, bebend weiss
Composer:
Kerger
Country:
LU
Duration:
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 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
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Ketting, Otto
Close Harmony
Title:
Close Harmony (2010)
Composer:
Ketting, Otto (1935-2012)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
15
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
premiere oct. 3rd 2010 in Concertgebouw Otto Ketting (geb. 1935) - Close Harmony (2010) Otto Ketting schrijft over zijn jongste creatie: “Mijn saxofoonkwartet ontleent de titel aan de ‘lichte’ muziek uit de jaren 40 en 50. ‘Close Harmony’ stond veelal voor een groep van vier zangers (m/v) die in vierstemmige harmonieën een song vertolkten. De meeste van die groepen waren nogal commercieel getint, maar er waren ook uitzonderingen, zoals ‘Los Hermanos Castro’ (Mexico), ‘The Fair Freshmen’ en vóór alles de ‘Hi-Lo’ (USA) die meer jazz-georiënteerd waren en de meest geavanceerde harmonieën feilloos zongen. Het saxofoonkwartet ‘Close Harmony’ gebruikt bijna uitsluitend een dergelijke dicht bij elkaar liggende akkoordstructuur. Een incidentele afwisseling komt van een eenvoudige tonale melodie die in verschillende gedaanten terugkeert. Het eendelige stuk, in augustus 2010 voltooid, werd ter nagedachtenis aan Willem Breuker geschreven in opdracht van het Amstel Quartet.”
Keuris
Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra
Title:
Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra
Composer:
Keuris
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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Keuris
Kwartet 1970
Title:
Kwartet 1970
Composer:
Keuris
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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Kiyama, Hikari
Sax Quartet
Title:
Sax Quartet (2013)
Composer:
Kiyama, Hikari (1983)
Country:
JP
Duration:
8:00
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 Contemporary
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???

Knigge, Max
Sonnet
Title:
Sonnet (2011)
Composer:
Knigge, Max (1984)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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Knigge, Max
OhEngelOh
Title:
OhEngelOh (2013)
Composer:
Knigge, Max (1984)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
5:00
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 Contemporary,  Transcription
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remake of version for string quartet

Kutavicius
Far Away, till Midnight (plus strings)
Title:
Far Away, till Midnight (plus strings) (1995)
Composer:
Kutavicius (1932)
Country:
Lithuania
Duration:
14'
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
geschreven voor het Escher Ensemble 1e uitvoering ; Suite Muziekweek in opdracht van de Eduard van Beinum Stichting
Kypski / Amstel Quartet
Turntable Breathing
Title:
Turntable Breathing (2016)
Composer:
Kypski / Amstel Quartet
Country:
Duration:
15:00
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Miscellaneous,  Contemporary
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Turntable Breathing (2016) In een rap tempo volgen deze laatste paar jaar de 80ste verjaardagen van de Minimal goeroes elkaar op: Terry Riley vierde de zijne in 2015, Steve Reich in 2016, en 2017 staat wereldwijd in het teken van Glass 80. Een aanleiding voor Kypski en het Amstel Quartet om deze stijl - die zowel zijn plek in de klassieke hedendaagse heeft maar ook van grote invloed is op de elektronische muziekscene - in een gezamenlijke compositie vanuit een geheel eigen perspectief te benaderen. De voor de hand liggende aanpak van melodisch materiaal gespeeld door de blazers die vervolgens begeleid worden door vette beats van de DJ draaien ze juist om en lokken elkaar zo uit hun comfortzones: zo zijn het de saxofoons die een hypnotisch kader creëren waarin Kypski alle ruimte heeft om met zijn draaitafel op een melodische manier te bespelen en zo op een unieke manier tot een een vijfde kwintetlid wordt.

Lago, Guillermo
Ciudades
Title:
Ciudades (2011)
Composer:
Lago, Guillermo (1960)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
8'-15'
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
Ciudades: -Montevideo -Sarajevo -Addis Abbeba - Corboda - http://home.kpn.nl/guillermolago/
Lago, Guillermo
Tres Encuentros
Title:
Tres Encuentros (2010)
Composer:
Lago, Guillermo (1960)
Country:
Duration:
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Tres Encuentros 1. Encuentro con Astor Piazzolla 2. Encuentro con Jean-Philippe Rameau 3. Encuentro con Steve Reich written for the Ottomani Saxophone Quartet competition
Ligeti
Capriccio No. 2
Title:
Capriccio No. 2
Composer:
Ligeti
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
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not published
Liszt, Franz
Gebet: Ave Maria
Title:
Gebet: Ave Maria
Composer:
Liszt, Franz (1811-1886)
Country:
H
Arranger:
Bas
Duration:
7'
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Lo-A-Njoe, Martin
Monochromie
Title:
Monochromie (1994)
Composer:
Lo-A-Njoe, Martin (1969)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
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world premiere 1995 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Loenhout, van
Klaas (sax4tet and singer)
Title:
Klaas (sax4tet and singer)
Composer:
Loenhout, van
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Miscellaneous
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Loevendie
two canons after de machaut
Title:
two canons after de machaut
Composer:
Loevendie
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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 Contemporary
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Maessen, Sylvia
Todi, where did you go?
Title:
Todi, where did you go? (2009)
Composer:
Maessen, Sylvia (1959)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
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with Niti Ranjan Biswas on tabla's

Manneke
Syrinx
Title:
Syrinx
Composer:
Manneke
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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Manneke
Soyons...
Title:
Soyons...
Composer:
Manneke
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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version for four alto's made by the composer. to be performed in a spacial carree . . .
Manneke, Daan
Caccia II
Title:
Caccia II (1994)
Composer:
Manneke, Daan (1939)
Country:
Duration:
1:41
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Caccia II -originally for two trumpets- The composer suggested to play this with two soprano saxophones.
Manneke, Daan
Te lucis ante terminum
Title:
Te lucis ante terminum
Composer:
Manneke, Daan
Country:
Netherlands
Arranger:
Manneke, Daan
Duration:
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 Contemporary
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adaption for saxophone quartet and organ
Marinissen, Arnold
Tasten
Title:
Tasten (2014)
Composer:
Marinissen, Arnold (1966)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
15'
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Tasten for saxophone quartet, piano, percussion and a building (2014, 15’) First performance: Oranjewoud/The Netherlands, Museum Belvédère May 23rd 2014 Amstel Quartet (saxophones), Yoram Ish-Hurwitz (piano), Ryoko Imai (percussion), for Festival Oranjewoud
Martland, Steve
Short Story
Title:
Short Story (2009)
Composer:
Martland, Steve (1959-2013)
Country:
UK
Duration:
6'
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Mearelli, Flavio
Les Esprits
Title:
Les Esprits
Composer:
Mearelli, Flavio (1948)
Country:
IT
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
trio for soprano alto and baritone sax.
Merkies, Fons
The Twins Suite
Title:
The Twins Suite
Composer:
Merkies, Fons
Country:
Netherlands
Arranger:
E. vd Wurff
Duration:
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Merulo
Toccata nona del 9 tono
Title:
Toccata nona del 9 tono
Composer:
Merulo
Country:
Duration:
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Monteverdi / Gluck
Orpheus Revisited
Title:
Orpheus Revisited (2014)
Composer:
Monteverdi / Gluck
Country:
Arranger:
Wijnand van Klaveren
Duration:
30'
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
for Festival O/MODƏRNT
Monteverdi, Claudio
boschi ombrosi
Title:
boschi ombrosi (1607)
Composer:
Monteverdi, Claudio (1567-1643)
Country:
Italia
Arranger:
Sverre Indris Joner
Duration:
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Orfeo
Morricone
Blitz
Title:
Blitz
Composer:
Morricone
Country:
IT
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
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Mozart
Fuge from Requiem
Title:
Fuge from Requiem
Composer:
Mozart
Country:
Duration:
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 Transcription
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Mozart
Adagio and Fugue, K. 546
Title:
Adagio and Fugue, K. 546
Composer:
Mozart (1756-1791)
Country:
Austria
Arranger:
Remco Jak
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Mozart’s Adagio & Fugue has obvious baroque influences. The Adagio that begins the work is reminiscent of a Baroque French overture, and the theme of the Fugue was probably borrowed from Boccherini. While the Fugue itself does not really resemble the music of Bach, it certainly contains all characteristics of this musical form that was developed and perfected by Bach. During the eight minutes of this work, Mozart seems to betray his Classical style, since he uses many modulations and chromatic elements. Mozart wrote his Adagio and Fugue for two violins, viola, and bass (i.e., cello and doublebass) in 1788. He tells us in his own catalogue: “It comprises a short adagio, accompanied by a fugue that I wrote long ago.” In fact, he wrote this fugue in 1783 for two keyboards. Nowadays this work is mainly performed by string quartets, but the words ‘Violoncelli’ and ‘Contra Basso’ in the score suggest that Mozart intended the Adagio and Fugue for string orchestra. In the end, it’s not totally clear for which instruments Mozart wrote this work, perhaps not even to himself.
Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Title:
Pictures at an Exhibition
Composer:
Mussorgsky
Country:
Duration:
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Namavar, Reza
Kraaijlook
Title:
Kraaijlook (2010)
Composer:
Namavar, Reza (1980)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
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 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
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for Lucilin and Amstel Quartet: part 1: Lucilin part 2: Lucilin part 3: Lucilin and Amstel Quartet part 4: Amstel Quartet

Nicolau, Dimitri
Four Sax ballet opus121
Title:
Four Sax ballet opus121
Composer:
Nicolau, Dimitri (1946-2008 )
Country:
Greece/Italy
Duration:
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Four Sax ballet opus121 for saxophone quartet & string orchestra
Norden, Maarten van
Sax Machine
Title:
Sax Machine (2011)
Composer:
Norden, Maarten van
Country:
Duration:
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 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
Sax Machine [feeling better than James Brown]
Nyman, Michael
Songs for Tony
Title:
Songs for Tony (1994)
Composer:
Nyman, Michael (1944)
Country:
GB
Arranger:
Remco Jak
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Michael Nyman (1944) - The Piano Sings (1994) (arr. Remco Jak) The film “The Piano” was one of the most successful films of 1993. Michael Nyman wrote the music for this film and received a Golden Globe as a recognition for his successful accomplishment. The piece ‘The Piano Sings’ is based on the film score. In an interview Nyman admitted that at first he found it difficult to determine the style of the music. One clear requirement was that the music had to be close to the main character, Ada, a mute Scottish woman who moves to New Zealand with her piano in the mid-eighteen fifties. Since she did not have a voice of her own, the music needed to express her feelings. Once the idea to use Scottish folk and popular song occurred to Michael Nyman, everything fell into place. The original version of ‘The Piano Sings’ was written for string quartet and soprano saxophone and consists of eight parts.
O'Leary, Jane
River Run
Title:
River Run (2008)
Composer:
O'Leary, Jane (1946)
Country:
Ireland/US
Duration:
12
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
Onna, Peter van
Geographies: Shanghai by Night
Title:
Geographies: Shanghai by Night (2011)
Composer:
Onna, Peter van (1966)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
10'
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Programmatoelichting Geographies: Shanghai by Night - Peter van Onna De compositie Shanghai by Night is onderdeel van een serie kamermuziekwerken die de gezamelijke titel 'Geographies' hebben. In deze serie wordt, in muzikaal opzicht, de wereld af gereisd en in ieder stuk een ander land met een daarin gelegen stad aangedaan. De volgende werken in de serie zijn al voltooid: Cairo Awakens voor Altsaxofoon en Piano - een Arabisch stuk Kyoto Anmintaku voor Altsaxofoon en Slagwerk - een Japans stuk Tears of Sofia voor Fluit en Slagwerk - een Bulgaars stuk Prague Jewish Quarter voor Klarinet en Piano - een Joods stuk Shanghai is een moderne Chinese stad met veel hoogbouw dat misschien enigszins te vergelijken is met Hong Kong. Vooral de nacht van deze stad met de vele knipperende neonlichtjes in allerlei kleuren is zeer poëtisch. Dit beeld is verklankt in nachtmuziek met een ingetogen en exotisch karakter. In compositorisch opzicht is dit gerealiseerd door het gebruik van o.m. typische Chinese toonladders, pentatonische melodieën en kwartenkoppeling. Om het 'ademen van de nacht' te verklanken is gebruik gemaakt van een compositietechniek die Ruimtelijke Melodie heet. Dit is een uitvinding van de componist en houdt in dat melodietonen niet in een beperkte omvang naast elkaar liggen maar zeer wijd uit elkaar zijn geplaatst. De melodietonen worden vervolgens in focus gebracht door de verschillende instrumenten te laten aanzwellen. Dit resulteert in muziek die zeer ruimtelijk is en een grote dieptewerking heeft. Karakteristiek is ook het gebruik van guirlandes (akkoordbrekingen) die de bespeelwijze van Chinese tokkelinstrumenten imiteren. Op een bepaald moment in het werk monden deze guirlandes uit in een duizelingwekkende climax, die vloeibaar is als een waterval... Shanghai by Night is speciaal gecomponeerd voor het Amstel Quartet. Peter van Onna, April 2011.
Oorebeek
Ripple Volts
Title:
Ripple Volts
Composer:
Oorebeek
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Otterloo, van
Soldaat van Oranje
Title:
Soldaat van Oranje
Composer:
Otterloo, van
Country:
Arranger:
v. Klaveren
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Ovsepyan
Opera & Aria
Title:
Opera & Aria
Composer:
Ovsepyan
Country:
US
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Pärt
Pari Intervallo
Title:
Pari Intervallo
Composer:
Pärt
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Transcription
About:

recorded on Baltica cd

Pärt
Solfeggio
Title:
Solfeggio
Composer:
Pärt (1935)
Country:
Estonia
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Transcription
About:

recorded om Baltica cd

Pärt
Summa
Title:
Summa (1980)
Composer:
Pärt (1935)
Country:
Estonia
Arranger:
Amstel Quartet
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription,  Contemporary
About:
Pärt
Fratres
Title:
Fratres
Composer:
Pärt (1935)
Country:
Estonia
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Transcription
About:

recorded on Amstel Tracks cd

Piazzolla, Astor
part I from 'Tango Suite'
Title:
part I from 'Tango Suite'
Composer:
Piazzolla, Astor (1921-1992)
Country:
Argentina
Arranger:
Jack Sharretts
Duration:
5'
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
 
 
Purcell, Henry
Fantazias
Title:
Fantazias (1680)
Composer:
Purcell, Henry (1659-1695)
Country:
UK
Arranger:
Apswoude, Bas
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:

the Amstel Quartet recorded a selection of Purcell's Fantazias on the album 'Songs of Clarity' by soprano Klaartje van Veldhoven check: http://www.klaartjevanveldhoven.nl/page7/index.html

Rannev, Vladimir
saxless
Title:
saxless (2013)
Composer:
Rannev, Vladimir (1970)
Country:
Россия
Duration:
8
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
there is no 'normal' playing in the instrument in this piece, thanks to this fact the piece is called SAXLESS
Ravel
Suite
Title:
Suite
Composer:
Ravel
Country:
Arranger:
T. Mellema
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
prelude 'pavane. . ' a la maniere de borodin menuet antique
 
 
Reich, Steve
My Name Is
Title:
My Name Is (1967)
Composer:
Reich, Steve (1936)
Country:
USA
Duration:
10'
Tags:
 Miscellaneous,  Contemporary
About:

"for 1 or more performers, computer with multi track audio software, and audience" our very own Whizzkid Remco made the software himself publisher: Boosey and Hawkes

Riley
Tread on the Trail
Title:
Tread on the Trail
Composer:
Riley
Country:
US
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
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Riley, Terry
Good Medicine
Title:
Good Medicine (1985)
Composer:
Riley, Terry (1935)
Country:
USA
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
13:00
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Transcription
About:

with kind permission from composer

Rise
Espressioni
Title:
Espressioni
Composer:
Rise
Country:
Latvia
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Rise
A Held Breath
Title:
A Held Breath
Composer:
Rise
Country:
LV
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Rivier
Grave et Presto
Title:
Grave et Presto
Composer:
Rivier
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Traditional
About:
Sander Germanus
Moonwalk
Title:
Moonwalk (2013)
Composer:
Sander Germanus (1972)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
10:00
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
The music in MOONWALK describes a situation where the laws of physics as we know it on earth no longer apply. It is an imaginary walk on the moon where one can move in an almost hallucinatory manner. Strange things can happen during this stroll as can be heard in the six continuous parts of the composition. Three rhythmic parts and three harmonic parts alternate. At the end of the composition there is a repeating theme that is slowly fading away; the moonwalker is disappearing behind the hills of the moon, without looking back, totally obsessed by the lightness of his body. The disorientating effect of the low gravity on the moon is put to music by using harmonic progressions with quarter-tones. In the score there are black and red notes written – the red ones should be played a quarter-tone lower than the normal black notes, by using alternative keys on the saxophone. MOONWALK was commissioned by the Amstel Quartet with financial support of the Performing Arts Fund Netherlands.
 
 
Schumacher, Pascal
Amstel Coconut Blue
Title:
Amstel Coconut Blue (2015)
Composer:
Schumacher, Pascal (1979)
Country:
Luxembourg
Duration:
7:00
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:

especially written for our Dutch Antilles tour; with caribbean flavours like the Tumba

Segall, Allan
Sweelinck --Psalm 23
Title:
Sweelinck --Psalm 23 (2006)
Composer:
Segall, Allan
Country:
NL/US
Duration:
10
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Simons
Rocking Birds
Title:
Rocking Birds
Composer:
Simons
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Simons
l'Espoir
Title:
l'Espoir
Composer:
Simons
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Stravinksy
Ronde des Princesses
Title:
Ronde des Princesses
Composer:
Stravinksy
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Sweelinck
Fantasia - G dorian
Title:
Fantasia - G dorian
Composer:
Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Country:
Netherlands
Arranger:
B. Apswoude
Duration:
6
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Sweelinck
Ricercare
Title:
Ricercare
Composer:
Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Country:
Netherlands
Arranger:
B. Apswoude
Duration:
12
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Sweelinck
Chromatic Fantasy
Title:
Chromatic Fantasy
Composer:
Sweelinck
Country:
The Netherlands
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
7:33
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
A Dutch organist, harpsichordist, composer, and teacher, Sweelinck spent most of his life in Amsterdam. In 1580 he became the organist of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) succeeding his father, Pieter. Although he never ventured much out of Holland, Sweelinck's influence spread through the Northern German organ schools via his students, who include Scheidt, Scheidemann, Praetorius, and Hasse. Sweelinck was the first to use independent pedal parts, including fugue subjects in the pedal line. He took many important forms from around Europe, including the Italian ricercar and the English virginal style, expanding and developing them in ways unknown before. In fact, many of his pieces contain the embryo of the fugue form, later perfected by J.S. Bach. His compositions bridge the gap from the Renaissance to the Baroque periods. Sweelinck might be considered the last composer of the renaissance fantasies. Like other dutch composers of his time, he was strongly inspired by English music.
Sweelinck
Toccata in a
Title:
Toccata in a
Composer:
Sweelinck
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Sweelinck
Pseaulme 111
Title:
Pseaulme 111
Composer:
Sweelinck (1562 - 1621)
Country:
Netherlands
Arranger:
Willem van Merwijk
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
for 8 saxophones From: Livre Quatriesme et Conclusionnal des Pseaumes de David (The fourth and Last Book of Psalms)
Sysoev, Alexey
Consistent Contradictions
Title:
Consistent Contradictions (2012)
Composer:
Sysoev, Alexey (1972)
Country:
Россия
Duration:
9:22
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
I wrote this piece specifically for a wonderful saxophone Amstel Quartet. However, I would like to see the musicians here have demonstrated not only their individual skills, but also the skill of ensemble playing. In this music, almost no solo episodes. Part of each musician is complex and rich, and is associated with colleagues over the ensemble. To achieve this unity helped me complex and syncopated rhythms that came to me from my so beloved jazz music. A.S.
Tüür
Lamentatio
Title:
Lamentatio (1995)
Composer:
Tüür (1959)
Country:
Estonia
Duration:
10:00
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
 
 
Tüür, Erkki-Sven
Excitatio ad contemplandum
Title:
Excitatio ad contemplandum (1996/2012)
Composer:
Tüür, Erkki-Sven (1959)
Country:
Estonia
Arranger:
Bas
Duration:
19:00
Tags:
 Transcription,  Contemporary
About:

with organ

Tchaikovski
Andante Cantabile
Title:
Andante Cantabile
Composer:
Tchaikovski
Country:
Russia
Arranger:
Ties Mellema
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
Thomas Tallis
Offertorium: Felix namque I
Title:
Offertorium: Felix namque I
Composer:
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Country:
UK
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
 
 
Tilzer von, Marion
Wheel of Fortune
Title:
Wheel of Fortune (2009)
Composer:
Tilzer von, Marion
Country:
Netherlands / Austria
Arranger:
Tilzer von, Marion
Duration:
Tags:
 Miscellaneous,  Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:

arranged for the Amstel Quartet and Niti Ranajan Biswas -tabla-

Torke, Michael
July
Title:
July (1995)
Composer:
Torke, Michael (1961)
Country:
US
Duration:
7:47
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Michael Torke(1960) July (1995) ‘July’ was written for the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. In composing it, the composer used a section from the drum track of a popular tune as a basis. The composer writes “Keeping in mind the incredible agility of the saxophone, I wrote a series of rapid notes which form a foundation, or a kind of ‘directory’, from which I pullout pitches to assign to those original (drum track) rhythms (…). As in ‘December’, for string orchestra, the piece that preceded ‘July’, I’m trying to incorporate contrasting themes and moods together in a one-movement piece. To me , this evokes a wider sense of impressions. Instead of single-mindedly exploring one colour, as in my earlier colour pieces, the music explores an experience of time – the energy and heat we find in the month of July, as well as cooling breezes of repose that come, perhaps, in the evening. Notes by Torke: When I am drawn to a particular rhythmic groove from an overheard pop song, I scratch my head and think: "I like that, how could I use it?" To me, it's not worth trying to write another of the ten million songs out there. But I've found that if I take a small part of the drum track and assign it to the non-percussion instruments I'm writing for, then interesting things happen. You lose the original context (in this case the baritone sax does not sound like a kick drum), but you gain immediacy and a freshness in the instrumental writing. There will also be a cohesion of compositional intent if you have a strategy for those pitch assignments. When writing this piece, keeping in mind the incredible agility of the saxophone, I wrote a series of rapid notes which form a foundation, of a kind of "directory" from which I pull out pitches to assign to those original rhythms (as the notes fly by in real time). What fascinates me is that this act of translation seems to completely remove the original reference from my music; sometimes I can't even remember what the original song was that inspired me, and, if I do, it's hard even to hear the connection. But what remains is the energy. Like December for string orchestra- the piece that preceded July- I'm trying to incorporate contrasting themes and moods together in a single movement work. To me, this evokes a wider range of impressions. Instead of single-mindedly exploring one color, as in earlier pieces of mine, the music now corresponds to an experience of time- the energy and heat we find in the month of July, as well as cooling breezes of repose that come, perhaps, in the evening. Program Notes by: Michael Torke
Torke, Michael
May
Title:
May (2010)
Composer:
Torke, Michael (1961)
Country:
USA
Duration:
7:13
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
commissioned by Amstel Quartet and New Century Saxophone Quartet. premiere tba Michael Torke: MAY/JUNE/JULY Program Note and Bio PROGRAM NOTE Commissioned in 2010 by the Amstel and New Century Saxophone Quartets, MAY and JUNE are played together with JULY (1995). The outer movements are energetic and fast, separated by a more reflective center movement. Each of the three were composed from rhythmic ideas, first, followed by imposed harmonic limitations, out of which came the melodic ideas. BIO Michael Torke has composed operas, ballets, symphonic and chamber pieces. Upcoming projects include Senna, an opera commissioned by English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera/ Lincoln Center Theater, and a rock version of Coronation of Poppea, commissioned by Chatelet in Paris, with a co-production at Madrid’s Teatro Real.
Torke, Michael
June
Title:
June (2010)
Composer:
Torke, Michael (1961)
Country:
USA
Duration:
5:21
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
commissioned by Amstel Quartet and New Century Quartet premiere tba Michael Torke: MAY/JUNE/JULY Program Note and Bio PROGRAM NOTE Commissioned in 2010 by the Amstel and New Century Saxophone Quartets, MAY and JUNE are played together with JULY (1995). The outer movements are energetic and fast, separated by a more reflective center movement. Each of the three were composed from rhythmic ideas, first, followed by imposed harmonic limitations, out of which came the melodic ideas. BIO Michael Torke has composed operas, ballets, symphonic and chamber pieces. Upcoming projects include Senna, an opera commissioned by English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera/ Lincoln Center Theater, and a rock version of Coronation of Poppea, commissioned by Chatelet in Paris, with a co-production at Madrid’s Teatro Real.
Trujillo
As if Nothing Happened
Title:
As if Nothing Happened
Composer:
Trujillo
Country:
NL,E
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Tudor, Gordan
BUPROPION AVENUE
Title:
BUPROPION AVENUE (2010)
Composer:
Tudor, Gordan (1982)
Country:
Croatia
Duration:
11'
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
for saxophone octet premiered in Zagreb, 2 june 2012 together with New Sax Quartet (from Croatia) excerpts on YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pxw0jtskG0
Turnage, Mark-Anthony
Riot Run
Title:
Riot Run (2013)
Composer:
Turnage, Mark-Anthony (1960)
Country:
UK
Duration:
15:00
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:

Run Riot is Turnage's first saxophone quartet and highlights his craft and skill as a composer. There are echoes here from the traditional French classical quartet style nuanced with beautiful and haunting melodic and rhythmic qualities. It is this gift of combining the old and the new which is particularly alluring here.

It received its WP at the Holt Festival, Norfolk in July 2013 and then was performed at numerous locations in the UK throughout the later part of 2013 into 2014. It received its first broadcast on the BBC Radio 3 programme 'Hear & Now' on April 14th 2014.

written for Delta Saxophone Quartet

 
 
TV, Jacob
Take a Wild Guess
Title:
Take a Wild Guess (2007)
Composer:
TV, Jacob (1951)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
5:00
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:

Written 2007 for Ethel with financial support from the FPK. premiered May 7 2008 at Tribeca New Music Festival NYC. Revised 2009. The Wall Street Journal wrote: !JacobTV's new work makes hip-hop look sedate'. Take a Wild Guess is the continuing story of Grab it!, which I wrote in 1999, based voices from inmates, about life behind bars

 
 
TV, Jacob
Pitch Black
Title:
Pitch Black (1998)
Composer:
TV, Jacob (1951)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
11:00
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:

Written in the summer of 1998 for the Aurelia Quartet, commissioned by the Almelo Chamber Music Society and the Dutch FPK.

The soundtrack reproduces the voice of trumpet player Chet Baker, from one of the last interviews before his tragic death by falling from an Amsterdam hotel room window in 1988. Baker talks about his past as a drug addict,his life in prison - "it was pitch black in there you know" - his first audition with Charlie Parker - "among 40 other trumpet players - or were there 60? " - and playing without drums - "more cool". These "speech melodies" form the leitmotifs in Pitch Black.

 
 
TV, Jacob
The Body of your Dreams
Title:
The Body of your Dreams (2002)
Composer:
TV, Jacob (1951)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
8'
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:

Based on a tv ad about a fitness device, called the Abtronic Pro. The original piano version was composed December 2002, commissioned by Deutschlandfunk. First performance and radio recording March 15 2003 at Forum neuer Musik by Kees Wieringa Cologne, Germany. Revised in 2004. New versions were added for guitar duo and sax quartet* * arranged by Jose Riojas

Twaalfhoven
La Vie est Belle
Title:
La Vie est Belle (2005)
Composer:
Twaalfhoven (1976)
Country:
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
originally written for string quartet; adaption made by the composer
Twaalfhoven
Chocolate Island
Title:
Chocolate Island
Composer:
Twaalfhoven
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Twaalfhoven, Merlijn
1 Gram of Time
Title:
1 Gram of Time (2005)
Composer:
Twaalfhoven, Merlijn (1976-)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
6:34
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Twaalfhoven, Merlijn
Klootzakken
Title:
Klootzakken (2012)
Composer:
Twaalfhoven, Merlijn (1976)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
1 minute
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
1 minute opera about Lance Amstrong. check it out on: http://dewerelddraaitdoor.vara.nl/media/187665 De hardnekkige ontkenning van dopinggebruik door Lance Armstrong en de vele getuigenissen over het tegendeel vormen de aanleiding van de actuele opera: 'Lance De Opera!' [Klootzakken] Het libretto is geschreven door Joost Prinsen. De muziek werd gecomponeerd door Merlijn Twaalfhoven. Uitvoerenden: Joost van Velzen (tenor, Vocaallab), Marijn Korff de Gidts (slagwerk), Jelte Althuis (basklarinet, Calefax) en het Amstel Quartet.
 
 
Van Geel, Oene
Karmatikka
Title:
Karmatikka (2009)
Composer:
Van Geel, Oene (1973)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:

with Niti Ranjan Biswas on tabla's

Van Onna
The Gravity of D
Title:
The Gravity of D
Composer:
Van Onna
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Van Roosendael
Nove
Title:
Nove
Composer:
Van Roosendael
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
van Veenendaal, Albert
Minor Incidents
Title:
Minor Incidents (2012)
Composer:
van Veenendaal, Albert (1956)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
14'
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
Minor Incidents -4 pieces-
Vasks
Window and Encounter
Title:
Window and Encounter
Composer:
Vasks
Country:
Arranger:
Bas Apswoude
Duration:
Tags:
 Transcription
About:
recorded on Baltica cd
Verbey
Passamezzo
Title:
Passamezzo (1991)
Composer:
Verbey (1959)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Vleggaar, Giel
In Transit
Title:
In Transit (2007)
Composer:
Vleggaar, Giel (1974)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
10
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
written for Duo Vertigo [percussion] and the Amstel Quartet
Vrolijk, Renske
Squawk Box
Title:
Squawk Box (2007)
Composer:
Vrolijk, Renske (1965)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
13
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
About:
We tend to think of it as a commodity, aviation, but only for the last century we became to understand the principles of flight and how to turn it into a commercial product or fun on the edge. Nowadays, if we want to travel from continent to continent, we hop on board of airplanes as if things are routine and common. As a matter of fact: they are. Flying even has become fun for the lucky or fortunate among us. But behind the routine of flying there is a high amount of skills involved. Either on the ground (think of aircraft design or air traffic controllers) and in the air (pilots). In Squawk Box we start with the fun part, flying as a passenger with an F-18 pilot. He takes us with him in a steep and fast climb to 7.500 ft, the high alpha pass slow flight, the wingover and inverted flight. In part two we stay literally on the ground with ground-control on John F. Kennedy Airport, wondering what these controllers are communicating with taxiing airplanes. The staccato jargon they are using, and the ways they sometimes forget the role they are in. We hear a ground controller sending her regards to one of her colleagues in an aircraft operated by Jet Blue. One pilot is confused about taxi lights that are off at some area and an Air France pilot wonders where the hell he to taxi to. The third part brings us back to the F-18 pilot, who now takes flying to a different level. He demonstrates hefty maneuvers like a ridgeline crossing. The passenger in the backseat in the meantime, has forgotten about the fun part of flying, turning green after being exposed to too many G-forces. It starts with a simple loop and continues with low altitude, high speed flying to simulate a bombing run. During this low altitude flight the pilot executes a ridgeline crossing, quickly moving the aircraft round its longitudinal axis. The flight and music suddenly halts after performing a heavy G-force high speed turn to slow the aircraft quickly as a preparation for a carrier landing. All three parts together are host to an abstract of the the mediaeval melody l'homme armé. Squawk Box is dedicated to the Amstel Quartet. Since the F-18 pilot, whose voice we hear in this peace, died one week after the first performance during an airshow, Squawk Box serves as a musical memorial for Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis, a.k.a. "Kojak".
Vrolijk, Renske
Sidewalk Bend
Title:
Sidewalk Bend (2010)
Composer:
Vrolijk, Renske
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
Vrolijk, Renske
Lachrymae
Title:
Lachrymae (2009)
Composer:
Vrolijk, Renske
Country:
Duration:
8:07
Tags:
About:
adaptation of organ piece by composer
Vrolijk, Renske
Potemkin Staircase
Title:
Potemkin Staircase (2012)
Composer:
Vrolijk, Renske (1965)
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
2'
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
Potemkin Staircase -- baby carriage scene -- Commissioned by the VPRO for the Amstel Quartet to Saar and Bart
Wilson ,Ian
so softly
Title:
so softly (1995)
Composer:
Wilson ,Ian (1964)
Country:
Eire
Duration:
8'
Tags:
 Contemporary
About:
Wilson ,Ian
Ghosts
Title:
Ghosts (2006)
Composer:
Wilson ,Ian (1964)
Country:
Eire
Duration:
23'
Tags:
 Contemporary,  Dedicated to Amstel Quartet
About:
Wilson ,Ian
Atlantica
Title:
Atlantica (2001)
Composer:
Wilson ,Ian (1964)
Country:
Eire
Duration:
8'
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Contemporary
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Wilson, Ian
Heaven Lay Close
Title:
Heaven Lay Close
Composer:
Wilson, Ian (1964)
Country:
Ireland
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 Contemporary
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Premiered by Amstel Quartet, December 2009, De Toonzaal

"heaven lay close is an 18-minute work in four sections, each based on a traditional tablas rhythm. Each section also has a melodic content which, although original, seeks to evoke the spirit of the kind of music one normally associates with the tablas but now in a more Western, 'classical' context due to the presence of the quartet. The marriage of these two traditions results in a new, or neutral territory, where each tradition has been able to influence the musical outcome to a roughly equal degree.

The work was written with funds from an Arts Council of Ireland Artist Bursary."

 
 
Wilson, Ian
Delicatissimo
Title:
Delicatissimo (2010)
Composer:
Wilson, Ian (1964)
Country:
Ireland
Duration:
4:00
Tags:
 Dedicated to Amstel Quartet,  Miscellaneous,  Contemporary
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for toy saxophone and saxophone quartet > for Anna and the Amstel Quartet < premiere 16-09-2012 Dordrecht [NL]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartet no. 19 'Dissonance'
Title:
Quartet no. 19 'Dissonance'
Composer:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Arranger:
Amstel Quartet
Duration:
30'
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) - Strijkkwartet in C, KV 465 ‘Dissonanten’ “Hoe kan een componist bij zijn volle verstand een eerste violist zo dissonerend laten inzetten?” vroeg de Italiaanse operacomponist Giuseppe Sarti (1729-1802) zich vertwijfeld af na het beluisteren van Mozarts laatste strijkkwartet uit de serie aan papa Haydn opgedragen kwartetten. “Heeft de maker van dit werk het er misschien om gedaan de violist te schande te zetten of om de luisteraars in huilen uit te laten barsten? Zal de componist ooit een uitgever vinden die zulke muziek publiceren wil?” Jazeker, Mozart vond in 1785 de Weense uitgever Artaria bereid de zes kwartetten uit te geven. In de biografie over Mozart van Georg Nikolaus Nissen, de latere echtgenoot van Mozarts weduwe Constanze, lezen we hoezeer vooral het harmonisch zo gewaagde zesde kwartet aanvankelijk op onbegrip stuitte. In Italië weet men de vele vreemde akkoorden en dissonanten aan zetfouten van Artaria. In Hongarije beet vorst Grassalkowitsch zijn spelers toe geen fouten te spelen. Toen men hem ervan overtuigde dat de noten er echt stonden, verscheurde hij prompt de partituur. Kortom: voor de toenmalige muziekliefhebber was KV 465 zware en ongewone kost! Tegenwoordig gelden Mozarts zes ‘Haydn-kwartetten’ als parels van de klassieke kwartetliteratuur. De luisteraar zal het ‘Adagio’ in c klein, waarmee het strijkkwartet opent, nu ervaren als een weliswaar onbestemd maar lekker spannend begin van een half uurtje sprankelend musiceren. Het kristalheldere hoofdthema van het ‘Allegro’ in C groot ademt een heel andere, veel zelfverzekerder stemming. Mozart contrasteert het hoofdthema met twee neventhema’s. Na de herhaling van de expositie volgt een gedurfde doorwerking, waarin het harmonische conflict van de thema’s bewust extra boud wordt aangezet. De reprise resulteert in een juichende coda. In het poëtische ‘Andante cantabile’ zingt Mozart een teder lied vol nostalgie en verlangen. Het stoere ‘Menuetto. Allegro’ wisselt vrij abrupt piano en forte passages af. De primarius krijgt in het trio alle kans om te tonen dat de ‘valse’ intro niet aan gebrek aan vakmanschap ligt. Hij speelt een verrukkelijke lamentatie, die door de andere stemmen speels wordt begeleid. De opgewekte finale (Allegro) is gegoten in de reguliere sonatevorm met twee thema‘s.
Xenakis
Xas
Title:
Xas (1987)
Composer:
Xenakis (1922-2001)
Country:
GR
Duration:
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 Contemporary
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