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SQUEEZE for saxophone quartet (2007)

For 2 soprano saxophones, 1 alto saxophone, 1 tenor saxophone

Duration: 3'30"

To be performed with dancers when feasible.




Aero Saxophone Quartet performs SQUEEZE, from memory


Starting at 20’02”: The UofSC School of Music Saxophone Quartet performs SQUEEZE.

Program Note

Dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Paul Bro, this brief, fun-spirited, fanfare-like composition reveals a blend between the perfumes of Bebop, Stravinsky, Bartok, Bach, and jazz swing rhythms, which are all mixed into one personal, integrated composition. Near the end, there is one optional bar in which the alto sax player is allowed to perform a 12 -15 second cadenza which must be in the style and syntax of the compositions’ materials. Aside from this optional cadenza, the notation is extremely precise and nuanced. SQUEEZE should be played, standing and facing the audience in kind of "Jazz big-band" mode.

— Augusta Read Thomas

Selected Reviews

John Schaefer, WNYCSQUEEZE is a high-spirited pastiche of classical and jazz elements, with rapid-fire passagework and chattering rhythms. "


Paul Bro

Prism Quartet

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