Clarence Barber- Vignettes

Vignettes was composed for and is dedicated to David Schwartz and the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet (David Schwartz, Kevin Layman, Mark Johnson and Ulrich Kreigler). Composed primarily during February and March of 1993, final revisions were completed on December 20 of that year. The composer is indebted to Paul Cohen and members of his New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, including Michael Randers-Pehrson and Tom Gorin for their advice and assistance.

Although Vignettes begins with a standard saxophone quartet instrumentation (AATB), the second alto player must double on soprano in the second half of the work. It's just the composer's way of being a bit left of center.

Clarence Barber
March 2, 1994

Clarence Barber is currently assistant director of bands for the Midview Local Schools in Grafton Ohio, and teaches percussion at Lorain County Community College.

A 1973 graduate of Kent State University, Barber has done graduate work at Kent State and the University of Akron. A composition student of Walter Watson and Ralph Turek, Barber studied percussion with James Adkins, Michael Rosen and Larry Snider. The composer is a member of ASCAP, the Percussive Arts Society, Ohio Music Education Association, MENC, and is a "composer-friend" of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association (T.U.,B.A.).

His other works for saxophone include A Lincolnshire Whimsy for saxophone ensemble, Kiribilli for solo alto saxophone, Vestiges of Sorrow for alto saxophone, tuba and percussion, and New York Concerto for alto saxophone and band.

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