Interlude in Ancient Style, Op. 15, No. 3 (1894)
Alexander Glazunov (1865 –1936)
SATB Saxophone Quartet
Interlude in Ancient Style, Op. 15, No. 3 by Alexander Glazunov, arranged for SATB Saxophone Quartet.
Glazunov wrote the Five Novelettes during the mid-1880s, originally giving the set the invocative title of `Suite’. At the suggestion of his friend Hans von Bulow, the famous pianist and conductor, Glazunov changed the name to Novelettes. Each of the colorful movements evokes a national style. This piece is the third section of that opus. Interlude in Ancient Style (Interludium in modo antico), is a set of variations on a plaintive but noble theme. It has distinct allusions to the Russian Orthodox service, both in tonality and solemn mood.
Aleander Glazunov composed two notable works for saxophones. His Saxophone Quartet (1932), and the Saxophone Concerto (1934), showed his ability to adapt to Western fashions in music late in his career. The earlier rebellions of the experimental, serialist and minimalist movements passed him by and he never shied away from the polished manner he had perfected at the turn of the century.
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