This showcase piece for alto saxophone contrasts lyrical, slow sections with lively dances and marches. It was written by composer, arranger, conductor, teacher, and pianist Bernhard Heiden, who emigrated from Germany in 1935. He obtained his Master's degree in music from Cornell University and served on the faculty at Indiana University from 1946 until 1981. He also wrote more than 100 arrangements for the Army Band. His style was influenced by his primary teacher, Paul Hindemith. --James Huff 13:45, May 29, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)