Delta Saxophone Quartet | Minimal Tendencies

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Minimal Tendencies

by Delta Saxophone Quartet

An Anglo/US album which features some of the best minimal composers of today, performed by the outstanding Delta Saxophone Quartet
Genre: Classical: Minimalism
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1. New York Counterpoint 1
4:54 $0.99
2. New York Counterpoint 2
2:38 $0.99
3. New York Counterpoint 3
3:36 $0.99
4. Mishima 1
3:56 $0.99
5. Mishima 2
1:47 $0.99
6. Mishima 3
2:49 $0.99
7. Mishima 4
1:54 $0.99
8. Mishima 5
3:23 $0.99
9. Mishima 6
2:52 $0.99
10. Alaric I or II
14:35 $0.99
11. Songs For Tony 1
3:04 $0.99
12. Songs For Tony 2
3:51 $0.99
13. Songs For Tony 3
5:41 $0.99
14. Songs For Tony 4
5:00 $0.99
15. Tread On the Trail
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Album Notes
Notes taken form the album:

There is something about so-called 'minimal' music which makes it curiously well suited to the medium of the saxophone quartet, which probably explains why there are a large number of pieces written for this combination by composers who might be described as having a foot (or, in some cases, a toe) in the minimal 'music' pond. In fact, like many of the composers themselves, I rather dislike the term 'minimal', since it conveys a sense of reduction or devaluation which is simply inappropriate to some of the fine pieces written in this style. Whereas it may have been a reasonable description of certain 1960s and early 1970s pieces which used constant repetition of limited musical material, it certainly does not do justice to what is now a very wide spectrum of musical styles. Yet, neither do potential alternatives such as 'systems' or 'repetitive' music, and to subsume everything under the banner of postmodernism does an injustice to many other, very different, musical styles which might be similarly described. So, to paraphrase Winston Churchill in another context, we are left with the worst possible descriptive term for this music, apart from all the others. By including the word 'tendencies' in the title of our disc, however, we have tried to intimate something of the connection that many of these pieces have with this tradition, while accepting that, with the possible exception of Terry Riley's piece, which is in any case a very early work, all of these pieces and their composers have progressed far beyond what the description 'minimal' originally meant.



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Editors Pick
The Delta Saxophone Quartet demonstrates how much humanity, expansiveness, expressiveness, and daring are at play within the works of Terry Riley, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Michael Nyman, and Gavin Bryars. Because the saxophone has such a wide palette when it comes to timbre and attack, this particular quartet is well suited to tackle pieces that rely heavily on rhythmic pulse, phasing, additive technique, and many of the other devices we've come to associate with the "minimalist" school. Though clearly aware that these composers share a tendency for using repetition in order spin the compact motif towards the transcendent, DSQ is also concerned with proving that terms like "minimalism" are reductive and limiting when used to describe a broad spectrum of temperaments, personalities, and aesthetic choices. Having chosen superb works by pillars of the genre, and having performed them expertly in a sympathetic saxophone quartet setting, DSQ has created an album that will leave little room for argument.