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Oct. 18, 2006

Kenneth Tse Will Present The Concert Saxophone In UI Recital Nov. 3

Kenneth Tse, saxophone professor at the University of Iowa School of Music, and Kazuo Murakami, a doctoral piano student at the UI, will team up to present a recital of saxophone concert repertoire at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The recital will be free and open to the public.

Although Americans think of the saxophone primarily as a jazz instrument, it was invented around 1840 by the Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax as a reed instrument for military bands. In Europe, it soon became successful in concert performance and earned a place in the French conservatories, at the time the leading music teaching institutions in Europe. The subsequent need for recital pieces for students led to the composition of a great deal of concert music for saxophone.

Most of Tse's program will come from that late 19th- to 20th century concert repertoire: Claude Debussy's "Rhapsody" as arranged by UI alumnus Eugene Rousseau, the Partita for alto saxophone and piano (1964) by Erwin Dressel, the Sonata (1970) of Edison Denisov and "Fantasy on an Original Theme" (1860) by Jules Demersseman.

In contrast, the opening piece on the program will be an arrangement of "Les Folies d'Espagne" (The madness of Spain) by 17th- and 18th-centuryFrench composer Marin Marais. "I have heard Marais' 'Les Folies d'Espagne' on flute and oboe and I thought it would work very well on soprano saxophone as well," Tse explained. "I am performing from the flute arrangement."

About other works on the program, he said, "To me, Dressel's Partita is the closest the instrument get to the tradition and style of Brahms. With its haunting lyricism, shifty tonality, and contrasting thematic materials, it is one of my favorite compositions.

"Denisov's Sonata would give the audience a refreshing dose of rhythmic complexity and interesting array of avant-garde techniques on the saxophone, including quarter-tones, slap tonguing, flutter tonguing, multiphonics and so forth."

Tse joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002. As a Yamaha performing artist and Vandoren endorsed artist, Tse is an active international performer and clinician. He has given performances and master classes in many parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. For more information, see or .

Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. He studied at Kyoto City University of Arts, New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at the UI studying with Uriel Tsachor and working as a collaborative artist at Truman State University in Missouri.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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OTHER INFORMATION for broadcasters: "Tse" is pronounced "Chay."