Sounds of Mother Pearl

The word 'Baroque' is derived from the Portuguese word 'Barocco' meaning 'irregular pearl'. With the mother of pearl tipped key work of the saxophone, in this programme we demonstrate the diversity and influence of Baroque music. This can be seen by the inclusion of works from J.S. Bach, written at the time of the birth of Baroque music, through to contemporary works by David Maslanka.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):

French Suite Nr. 1

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757):

Various Sonatas

Henri Pousseur (1929-2009):

Vue sur les Jardins interdits

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741):

Concerto in G Minor, F.XI Nr. 21


David Maslanka (*1943):

Mountain Roads



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With the mixture of EUROpean music being performed by 4 saxoPHONes, arose the creation of the title - EUROPHONIE. 'PHON' also has the meaning 'speech-sound'. In this programme, the 4 musicians unite both the sounds and the languages of Europe, celebrating the fact that although many of us originate from different regions of the continent, we all have our own individual qualities and attributes. The diverse European works, interspersed with the well known words of Schiller spoken in various languages, are framed by the most famous of Beethoven's melodies.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)/
arr. Forseti:

Freude schöner Götterfunken (Ode to Joy)

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805):

Ode an die Freude (Part 1)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757):

3 Sonatas

Ode an die Freude (Part 2)

Henri Pousseur ( 1929-2009):

Vue sur les Jardins interdits

Ode à la joie

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924):


Oda Do radosci

Violeta Dinescu (*1953):

3 Miniatures

Johannes Brahms (1933-1897)/
Bearb. Forseti:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor


Song of Joy

Gavin Bryars (*1943):

Alaric I or II

Ode an die Freude
(4 languages together)

Max Reger (1873-1916)/
Bearb. Forseti:

Blätter und Blüten WoO III/12

Erhard Karkoschka (1923-2009):

3 Abzählreime




Pneuma is the Greek word for 'Breath', 'Spirit', or 'Air' and the phrase 'Hagion Pneuma' translates as 'Holy Ghost'. In the ancient world this notion had a further significance, which went beyond the mind and the soul: a 'breath of life', otherwise thought of as a hidden inner strength. Our programme selection is in part characterised by religious influences whilst containing an artistic spirit throughout. The programme also holds a close affinity with Forseti, the name of our Quartet, the Germanic God of the Wind.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)/
arr. Forseti Quartet:

Contrapunctus I
from "The Art of the Fugue"

Arvo Pärt (*1935)


Johann Sebastian Bach:

Contrapunctus IV

Dimitri Terzakis (*1938):

Panta rei

Johann Sebastian Bach:

Contrapunctus IX

Michael Nyman (*1944):

1. Satz
from "Songs for Tony"


Henri Pousseur (*1929-2009):

Vue sur les Jardins Interdits

Max Reger (1873-1916)/
arr. Forseti Quartet:

Blätter und Blüten WoO III/12 



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