Magazine article The American Organist

Music for Saxophone and Organ: A Descriptive Catalog

Magazine article The American Organist

Music for Saxophone and Organ: A Descriptive Catalog

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MUSIC FOR SAXOPHONE AND ORGAN: A DESCRIPTIVE CATALOG, Marcos Krieger and Gail B. Levinsky. Ithaca, N.Y.: Lyceum Press, 2013. 110 pp. Available from Hickey's Music Center, 800-442-5397? Hickeys.com. The bulk of this volume is a listing, alphabetical by composer, of 20th- and 21st-century works for organ and saxophone. The book begins with an interesting historical analysis of the origins of organ-sax repertoire, noting its presence even in the late 19th century. Most of this music appears to have been transcribed, and this book limits itself to compositions intended for the two instruments-indigenous repertoire, as it were. (As the saxophone is even more omnivorous than the pipe organ, it would be fruitless, even silly, to try to catalog everything ever put forward for this combination; one might as well put quotation marks around the entire corpus of German Lieder, for example.) There is then information on the specific criteria for inclusion in the catalog-originality, publication, recital interest, and pedagogy. A few considerations of ensemble issues are then presented. (If anything, the organ, not the sax, needs to assert itself in ensemble!)

These preliminaries finished, the catalog proper begins. After each composer's name are his or her dates, and country of origin. The tide of the work is then given in its original tongue, with duration, publisher, a WorldCat number, if applicable, and movements, if applicable. This information is followed by a discursive commentary, and the information given seems to be consistendy of a high order, both useful and well researched. …

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