Introduction to the saw by Dr. Earl Stuckenbruck "A saw is a most unpretentious instrument. It doesn't look like one. From most people's experience it does not sound like one either. One thinks of a piece of metal being struck to produce a clang which is more likely to send shivers up the spine than tones into the ear. Along the way some Galileo of music who got an inkling of metallic tones when a piece of wood struck his saw. Since then an esoteric company has been aware that there is music in steel as well as in the spheres. The resemblance may not be all that convincing, but a few of us are die-hards!"
New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Lera Auerbach, Leonidas Kavacos, Dale Stuckenbruck
For all the pungent sonorities and eerie atmosphere, stretches of the piece had playful charm, with rippling marimba figures and, best of all, the angelic sounds of a musical saw, played here by Dale Stuckenbruck. Who needs electronics when you have this strangely alluring instrument? Lera Auerbach Violin Concerto No. with Leonidas Kavakos, violin, and Alan Gilbert, conductor, New York Philharmonic. March 2017.
This unusual instrument’s silky, tremulous tone is often interwoven with high solo violin sequences to suggest mystery, loss of moorings, hints of something tentative or unknown — and, no doubt, the potential for wonder that Auerbach mentions in connection with dreams.
In Ms Auerbach's new work, the warbly timbres of a musical saw cut across tumultuous percussion and strings, with soloist Leonidas Kavakos' elusive violin lines weaving their way through this ethereal patchwork.
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Besiedes it's premier with the New York Virtuosi and the New Century Chamber Orchestra this was was performed with tape live at LIU/Post with the composer on skype in a one hour presentation. It featured the performance, interviews with the composer and the audience via skype in a most dynamic and interactive presentation.
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CLASSICAL MUSIC WEB: "Between the kazoo abd the swanee whistle lies the Serengeti of musical paraphernalia in which the muscal saw takes its prominent place. Here is rises to Romantic heights (the first movement of the Neoploitan Serenade for instance) wiuth a fervor that quivers with metallic intensity. The duo even manage to invest the music with romanticised gestuire where the rallentandi in "the Dream" THeme are apt and wavery with import. In October song composer Steve Margoshes threatens a Bachian Fugue and cultivates oither devices as registral leaps (fine left hand blade bending from Stuckenbruck) and a kind of Elmanesque long bow...the disc comes obviously with the composers-perfromer's imprimatur (fine piano playing from Margoshes in "Procession for Two"
CLASSICAL MUSIC WEB: Original and beautiful sounds for the musical saw and piano by the renowned composer of Fame, Steve Margoshes, featuring sawist Dale Stuckenbruck, with the composer on piano. (visit stevemargoshes.com)
REVIEW of this CD: CLASSICAL MUSIC WEB "Between the kazoo and the swanee whistle lies the Serengeti of musical paraphernalia in which the musical saw takes its prominent place. Here it rises to Romantic heights (the first movement of the Neapolitan Serenade for instance) with a fervour that quivers with metallic intensity. The duo even manage to invest the music with romanticised gesture where the rallentandi in "The Dream" Theme are apt and wavery with import. In October Song composer Margoshes threatens a Bachian Fugue and cultivates other devices as registral leaps (fine left hand blade bending from Struckenbruck) and a kind of Mischa Elmanesque long bow...the disc comes obviously with the composer-performer¹s imprimatur (fine piano playing from Margoshes in Procession For Two)."
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See Dale's latest performance on the tonight show with KORN!
Sacramento Gazette, Oct 17, 2003 Varied Program Highlights New Century Premier; By E. Haig: " a special nod must also go to Dale Stuckenbruck, who delighted the audience with his musical saw, which, he quipped in a short introduction to the instrument, he plays in tune, even though he plays the tool, er, instrument on the flat, not the sharp, side. But perhaps the most magical of those moments were provided by Mr. Stuckenbruck and his saw. In Michael Levine’s “Divination by Mirrors” the bowed saw is the featured instrument, and to watch Mr. Stuckenbruck produce the unique and highly musical sound from his saw was a wonder. For this composition, the orchestra is divided in half, with each representing different “pitch universes.” Levine describes the work as a study in “dynamic symmetry,” with the two halves of the orchestra, separately pitched, joined by the saw, which plays in both pitches (they are tuned one-quarter step apart). It is one of the most original works we’ve ever heard, highlighted by Mr. Stuckenbruck’s mastery of this most unusual of musical instruments. Mr. Stuckenbruck then provided a much lighter, but equally enjoyable arrangement (his own) of a piece called “Pale Moon.” Again featuring his saw, with the full orchestra in accompaniment, this work called images of an old Western/Native American theme of unrequited love.
Another Review: http://www.hauntedbay.com/reviews/musicalhalloween2003.shtml, for full review: A Musical Halloween, New Century Chamber Orchestra (Reviewed by Hauntmistress: 10/10/2003)
"Led by music director Krista Bennion Feeney, the NCCO's A Musical Halloween features soloists Dale Stuckenbruck on the musical saw and Jeffrey Swann on piano. The musical selections (featuring works from Mendelssohn, Purcell, Lizst, Price, and others) are superb, as is their placement in the program. The soloists were fascinating to watch. The audience got a brief and humorous lesson in the musical saw from Stuckenbruck before he and the orchestra played Divination by Mirrors by Michael Levine. The musical saw is the perfect instrument for Halloween! The tones and sounds it makes can be creepy and made Divination by Mirrors a spooky piece! While we were gathering our things to leave the concert, we heard a number of people commenting on how great the show was, saying, "amazing", "fabulous", "the embodiment of Halloween", and "the musical saw was my favorite!". And the most humorous comment: "Any other concert I would have slept through. This was absolutely fabulous!"
Dale : practicing before his performance of the Tartini concerto
In addition he can be found performing concerts as one of the world’s great performers of the lyrical saw, in films, commercials, recordings, and as soloist with orchestras. Dale Stuckenbruck has performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Gregg Smith Singers, the New York Virtuosi, the Queens Symphony Orchestra, the Garrett Lakes Festival Orchestra, the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, The Pierrot Consort, Hudson Highlands Music Festival Orchestra, and Sequitur. He has performed at the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts, Pratt Institute, Metro Tech in Brooklyn, Long Island University, and Lycoming College; He has appeared in numerous commercial (SONY/worldwide, American Express, Saturn, Wild Berry, Xerox, M&M. Oreo, ) and in the films Flirting with Disaster, Joe’s Apartment, The Young and the Dead, American Splendor, in the recordings of Jack Perlutsky’s a PIZZA the size of the SUN and Stan York’s Take One. He has also been heard on WYNC in their presentation of “New Sounds”. In the Spring of 2000 he performed in a recital at the Mannes College of Music with bass trombonist, David Taylor and gambist Judith Davidoff, premiering works for the saw by David Loeb (music with Japanese influence), John Link (music using serial technique), and Neil Kirkwood (music with improvisations). On March 4th, 1998, he premiered the concerto for saw and orchestra by Michael Levine entitled Divinations (http://www.michaellevinemusic.com/frameset4.htm) with the New York Virtuosi, and subsequently wih the New Century Chamber Orchestra, receiving rave reviews in New York and abroad. In July, 2001, he premiered the Concerto in D minor for violin by G Tartini on the saw with the Hudson Highlands Music Festival Orchestra. This summers he released an album featuring Steve Margoshes, composer and pianist, and Dale Stuckenbruck, sawist, “Rising to new Heights with Steve and Dale”, produced by David Di Silva (available at www.classicalcds.net). At the University of Minnesota in Duluth he performed as a soloist, "Broadway Sawngs" with Jean (Rudy) Perrault conductor, and will be performing the "Butterfly Lovers' Concerto" with the New York Virtuosi in a premier for saw in New YorK City during the 2005-6 season.
For all recordings that include Dale Stuckenbruck visit: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dale-stuckenbruck-mn0001401327