Trio for violin, alto saxophone and piano


for violin, alto saxophone and piano (2007)


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My Trio for Violin, Alto Saxophone and Piano was written in 2007 for the Cleveland Duo (Stephen Warner, violin; Carolyn Gadiel Warner, piano, violin) & James Umble. (, and premiered by them on a concert of the Cleveland Composers Guild. The Trio is about 12 minutes long. It is “about” the interval of the 6th and the extended Phrygian mode, but for those interested in more exoteric meanings, the movements have colorful titles:

  1. Closer Than They Appear was inspired by the warning on my car’s rear-view mirror. It’s a sonata-form movement that sounds a (very little) bit like something ominously breathing down your neck
  2. The Answered Question. A nod to Ives, of course, but here the answer to “life, the universe and everything” is “faith”. It’s a chorale with two variations, and leads without pause int
  3. Battlefield Dance.  A loosey-goosey rondo that begins with wary determination, gets violent, and ends victoriously with 1st-movement material recast from E Phrygian into every alto saxophonist’s favorite key, E major.


Jeffrey Quick

Jeffrey Quick was born in Cass City MI in 1956, and began composing at age 11. He received a BM in music history in 1978 from the University of Michigan, where he studied composition with William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett, and the MM in composition from Cleveland State University in 1991, where he studied with Bain Murray, Rudolph Bubalo and Edwin London. His works are print-published by Hoyt Editions, the American Recorder Society, Lorenz, and CanticaNOVA, while chamber works can be downloaded from and choral works are available at He is assistant music librarian at Case Western Reserve University, and is a member and past President of the Cleveland Composers Guild. He has been a paid church chorister for about 25 years, and currently directs the Gregorian Schola at St. Sebastian Parish, Akron OH. A resident of Northeast Ohio since 1986, he lives in a small town on 6 acres with his wife Rusty and assorted livestock. Further information on his works can be found at

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