Barry McGinnis


Barry McGinnis a choisi d'interpréter:
Barry McGinnis has chosen to perform:

Howard Buss


[saxophone alto et quatuor de percussions / alto saxophone and percussion quartet]

avec la participation de:

with the participation of:

n/d-n/a, percussion

n/d-n/a, percussion

n/d-n/a, percussion

n/d-n/a, percussion

Barry McGinnis holds the B.S. degree in Saxophone Performance from Towson University, the M.M. degree-Woodwind Specialist from East Carolina University, and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Georgia where he studies with Dr. Kenneth Fischer. Mr. McGinnis's former teachers include Dr. Brad Foley, Dr. Joseph Briscuso,and Dr. Christopher Ford.

Recent performances include solo and chamber ensemble performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region Six Conferences in 1995 and 1999, and North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences in 1996 and 1998.

Barry McGinnis is currently an Instructor of Music at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.

Escapade for alto saxophone and percussion quartet by Howard J. Buss is an important work in the growing genre of music written for saxophone and percussion instruments. It utilizes four percussionists playing a number of different percussion instruments acompanying the alto saxophone soloist.

Escapade was premiered in Tampa, Florida on October 28, 1991 by Art Woodbury, saxophone and The University of Florida Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Robert McCormick.

This colorful and inventive composition explores a sequence of emotional states which develop over a "talea" (a fixed pattern of time values). Except during the extended saxophone cadenza, this repeating rhythmic pattern can be heard throughout the work in varying degrees of intensity. At times it is forcibly presented by the musicians moving in rhythmic unison. On other occasions the talea is fragmented and distributed among the individual performers. Frequently this rhythmic pattern is embedded in the presentation of the melodic material similar to the technique of isorhythm as it was employed by 14th-Century motet composers such as Machaut and de Vitry. The continuous variation of the unifying talea coupled with the work's intriguing melodies and exotic timbral combinations make Escapade an accessible and enjoyable concert piece.

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