Richard Lane- Quartet for Saxophones

Richard Lane, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, graduated from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester where he studied composition with Louis Mennini, Wayne Barlow and Bernard Rogers. He is the recipient of both the Eastman School Recording and Publication Award and a Ford Foundation Grant. His works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and Australia, as well as in Mexico and the Soviet Union.

Mr. Lane's compositions include chamber, choral, and band works in addition to piano solos and concertos and works for voice and piano. His published works for saxophone include this Suite and the Quartet for Saxophones. He has been recorded on the Mercury, Brass Unlimited and Music Minus One labels. Following two years as composer-in-residence for the Rochester, New York and then Lexington, Kentucky school systems under Ford Foundation auspices, he returned to Paterson where he composes and teaches piano and composition.

The Suite for Alto Saxophone and Piano was written in the early 1960s and is Lane's first work for saxophone. It was written for Harry Wood a friend and colleague, to whom the work is dedicated. There are five short contrasting movements which explore some of the melodic and technical possibilities of the saxophone. The haunting beauty of the lyrical movements are exquisite miniatures of mood and expression perfectly brought to the saxophone.

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