“I create music for performing musicians and seek to fully engage them as they learn and perform my compositions.”  – Richard J. Chandler

The week of June 17th, 2019.  As a composer, Richard J. Chandler’s works have been performed by the Minnesota Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, The Bethlehem Chamber Orchestra, the St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Wind Ensemble, in college recitals at SCSU, CSB-SJU and the University of MN as well as in recitals throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro and in Greater Minnesota. Richard currently performs on bassoon, saxophones and recorders with the CloudWinds Trio and has performed with the Amadeus Chamber Symphony and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.  

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  • Posted on June 22, 2019

    By Richard J. Chandler, MA, Composer​ In 2018, I completed a new work based on the life of the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax. The narrator of the piece tells Sax's story in the first person as if Adolphe Sax himself returned from the afterlife and told us his life story. Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator premiered at the 2019 North American Saxophone Alliance's Region 3 Conference The University of Minnesota Saxophone Quartet premiered my piece, Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator, on March 16th, 2019, to an audience of saxophone enthusiasts at the North American Saxophone Alliance's Region 3 Conference in the University of Minnesota music building recital hall. Attendees included members from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota & Iowa. Many were students, music professors, professional and educator saxophonists. ​ The University of Minnesota Saxophone Quartet The quartet is under the leadership of Dr. Preston Duncan.  Quartet members are: Christopher Dickhaus, Soprano Saxophone ​Russell Sweet, Alto Saxophone ​​Adam Shaw, Tenor Saxophone ​​Emily Brewer, Baritone Saxophone ​​Ronnie Bell, II, ​​​Narrator, as the ghost of Adolphe Sax Adolphe Sax Narrates His Life Adolphe Sax invented saxophones as well as the modern bass clarinet and a family of brass instruments called "Saxhorns," which are now known as "Flugelhorns." What follows are the highlights of his life based on my research and source material from the book: Adolphe Sax, 1814-1894: His life and legacy by Wally Horwood. These are the words used in my work, Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator. For a more artistic way of learning about Adolphe Sax; you may wish to listen to the YouTube Video as you read the words.