Lois Elizabeth Hicks


Lois Elizabeth Hicks a choisi d'interpréter:
Lois Elizabeth Hicks has chosen to perform:

Michael Titlebaum

Solo for Alto Saxophone and Woodwind Quartet

Alexandre Glazunov

Concerto in Eb, op.109

[saxophone alto et orchestre d'harmonie / alto saxophone and concert band]

avec la participation de:
with the participation of:

members of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York

United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York

Lois Elizabeth Hicks, alto saxophone, has been a member of the United States Military Academy Band, West Point, New York, since 1996. She performs regularly with the Academy Concert Band, the West Point Saxophone Quartet and the West Point Dixie Players. As a member of the West Point Saxophone Quartet, she has played at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the New England Saxophone Symposium, and the North American Saxophone Alliance, Region VI Symposium at the University of Georgia.

Staff Sergeant Hicks began playing the saxophone at the age of eleven and was performing solo recitals by the age of sixteen. She has studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of North Texas and Florida State University. While at Florida State, she completed a bachelor's degree in Music Peformance, and continued master's studies in Saxophone Performance and Ethnomusicology. Her teachers include Fredrick Hemke, Patrick Meighan and Debra Richtmeyer.

Her many awards include first place in the Lawton Philharmonic Young Artist Competition; First prize winner of the Florida M.T.N.A. Woodwind Collegiate Competition; and the Special Presentation Winners Recital Series, sponsored by Artists International Presentations. As part of the Winners Recital Series, she performed her New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in January, 1996.

Solo for alto saxophone with string quartet (woodwind quartet version), by Michael Titlebaum

Michael Titlebaum is a teacher, composer and saxophonist living in the New York Metropolitan area. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Titlebaum has held faculty positions at the Eastman School of Music and Florida A&M University, where he was assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies.

Composed in 1995 for Lois Hicks' New York Debut Recital, the Solo for Alto Saxophone with String Quartet was written for her beautiful melodic phrasing.

The piece draws on a variety of musical vocabulary. Titlebaum is greatly influenced by the melodies of Paul Hindemith and jazz harmonies. The primary melodic motive consists of two ascending leaps of a fourth followed by two descending half-steps. The use of consecutive fourths, a Hindemithian trademark, creates an ambiguous harmonic feeling that falls somewhere between tonal and atonal, sometimes called pseudo-tonal.

The Solo varies the motive freely, first using a fairly straight, unsyncopated rhythmic treatment, followed by a lightly flowing version, and later a short fugue. A slow, lyrical middle section of the work derives harmonically from jazz composers Clare Fischer and Duke Ellington. After a short, virtuostic cadenza, the piece ends in a flurry of breathless activity, concluding on a unison high d.

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