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Publication Date

Winter 2-18-2009

Year of Release



Nathan Nabb, soprano saxophone

Sean Hurlburt, alto saxophone

Masahito Sugihara, tenor saxophone

Johnny Salinas, baritone saxophone

Broken Heart: Meditation on the chorale melody "Der du bist drei in Einigkeit" (You Who Are Three In One)

Prelude/Chorale: Meditation on "Jesu meine Freude" (Jesus my joy)

Ecco morirò dunque (Look! My death is near!) - Gesualdo di Venosa

Meditation on "O Salutaris Hostia" (0 Salvation's Victim) Gregorian Chant

Fanfare/Variatio11s on "Durch Adam's Fall" (Through Adam's Fall)


The Amethyst Saxophone Quartet is nationally renowned for performances characterized by beauty of sound, clarity of melodic line, and unity of purpose. Celebrated for its performances of works by composers ranging from Bach and Handel, to contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Maslanka, and Xenakis, Amethyst has become recognized as one of the premiere American saxophone quartets.

The Amethyst Saxophone Quartet stands alone in the history of saxophone quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements. During their 2008 season, the founding members of the Amethyst Quartet swept the nation's most prestigious chamber music competitions, winning first prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the Music Teachers' National Association Chamber Music Competition (MTNA). Amethyst also received Honorable Mention (2nd prize) at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition during their inaugural 2006-2007 season.

The current season sees the Amethyst Saxophone Quartet in performances throughout the United States and they will record their first CD during the summer of 2009.


Jomie Jazz Center

Library of Congress Authorities

Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Sonaten und Partiten, violin, BWV 1001-1006. Partita, no. 3; arranged

Xenakis, Iannis, 1922-2001. XAS


concerts, recitals, saxophone, chamber ensemble


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Marshall University Music Department Presents a Guest Artist Recital, Amethyst Saxophone Quartet