His work tends to be fairly conservative in style, with a strong rhythmic element. His pieces include six symphonies ; a number of concertos , including two for violin ,  one for marimba and orchestra  premiered by Ruth Stuber , one for one piano , one for two pianos , one for accordion and one for alto saxophone the latter dedicated to Cecil Leeson ;  a fantasia for trombone and orchestra composed for and premiered by Robert Marsteller. Several of his works were inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman. He died in Poway, California , a suburb of San Diego. Creston was one of the most performed American composers of the s and s.
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Bibliography: leaf His parents, whose name was Guttoveggio, emigrated to America from Sicily in It was not until five years after his marriage that he thought seriously of: becoming a composer. He learned by himself, and managed to acquire a thorough knowledge of his subject. Dethier, and Pietro Yon instructed him at the organ. In , he was appointed organist to St.
Malachy's Roman Catholic Church, a position which he still holds. He presently divides his days between composing, directing radio programs, playing the organ at St. Malachy's, teaching composition, piano, and organ, and his family.
Rarely does one find a student of the saxophone who has not studied this work. This piece was completed in and first performed on February 15, in New York by Cecil Leeson, who commissioned the sonata.
The composer was at the piano. At the present time there are three recordings of the sonata available. Three or:the most prominent saxophone artists, Vincent Abato, Marcel Mule, and Sigurd Rascher, ' have recorded the sonata. With the limited number of commercial recordings of serious saxophone music available, it is quite an honor that this piece be recorded three times.
Creston has written two other pieces for saxophone. The Suite for Saxophone, completed in is harmonically more complex but does not seem to have the longer melodic lines found in the sonata.
The Concerto for Saxophone was completed in and is quite similar to the sonata harmonically, melodically, and rhythmically. It tends to be a bit more contrapuntal than the sonata.
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Sonata For Alto Saxophone and Piano Op. 19