Calvin Hampton- Bach's Fireworks Music

Written for the New York Saxophone Quartet, Bach's Fireworks Music was inspired by saxophone transcriptions of JS Bach's "Art of the Fugue". Calvin based his Fireworks on other contrapuntal works of Bach, which he ingeniously interwove into a complete saxophone quartet. The NYSQ recorded the work in 1980.

Calvin Hampton was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania in 1938, and was raised in in Ravenna, Ohio. He received his musical training at Oberlin Conservatory and Syracuse University where he studied organ and composition. From 1974 to 1983 Mr. Hampton played weekly concerts at the Cavalry Church in New York City, a series internationally acclaimed.

As an organist, Calvin Hampton received national recognition. He had twice been a recitalist at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists and he distinguished himself as an interpreter of 19th and 20th century music. His many recordings include a diversity of works for solo organ, organ with orchestra and chamber works on both piano and organ.

Calvin Hampton's compositions have been widely played throughout the United States. His works for saxophone include Bach's Fireworks Music, and Fugue, both for saxophone quartet, Labyrinth for soprano voice and saxophone quartet, and the Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra.

Mr. Hampton died from complications due to AIDS on August 5, 1984, in Port Charlotte, Florida.

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