“In my role as a conductor and producer of recordings with orchestras, I get to see, sample and perform an astonishing array of new music. In this capacity, I run across a lot of music of all qualities.
David Sartor's music is like a breath of fresh air! It is well thought out and the work of a true craftsman. His musical lines and textures, while being new and - dare I say - 'modern', are completely idiomatic and fresh sounding without being annoying and self-serving. I am truly impressed by the pieces and by the composer. These are very cool pieces!”
"David Sartor's '[Metamorphic] Fanfare' is reminiscent of Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man,' but features the entire orchestra, with grandiose writing for the brass and percussion sections and colorful flourishes for the woodwinds and strings."
"It must be said that the Metamorphic Fanfare by David Sartor was a great show opener, or, to keep the metaphor rolling, an exceptionally tasty appetizer. Rarely has something written in dear old C Major been so instantly appealing, so fascinatingly complex."
"A very exciting piece and a wonderful addition to the repertoire."
"'Metamorphic Fanfare' is a real crowd-pleaser, and fun to play by the musicians."
"'Metamorphic Fanfare' is fresh and invigorating."
"...the Mozart symphony seemed to suffer a bit
in scale on this occasion from having to follow
the rhythmic variety and the brash and bold 20th-century
textures of Dukas, Van Vactor, and Sartor."
"Short, sweet, and to the point. A job well done."
"It is a masterpiece, and can be a part of anyone's orchestra library."
"..wonderfully crafted...Sartors' use of brass instruments is cunningly clever and well placed in the audio spectrum."
Thy Light Is Come
If you ever need a press agent, look no further! I absolutely LOVE this piece!"
"The performance went supremely well, and the brass writing lifts an already fine piece into the stratosphere. The Choir loved it, as did the congregation, and there is no doubt that we will be performing it again. I should add that the brass players really enjoyed playing it too, and that's always a sure sign of a well-crafted piece. I feel so pleased to have found such a meaty work for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, one that is so rewarding to work on, and which stands as such a fine vehicle for the text.
'Thy Light is Come' is a magnificent piece of choral music, and it was a privilege to perform it."
“I just want to tell you what a pleasure it was for all of us at the National Cathedral to do Thy Light Is Come. Since your piece was at the end, it really put the exclamation point on a fantastic concert. We are all talking about how well you write for the building, and for brass. We are also hoping to do some of your other works. Thanks again for the great music.”
Concerto for Orchestra
"[Mr. Sartor's] sense of orchestration and form is quite striking."
Black Ball Counts Double
"If someone is looking for a short, energetic work for a string group that can tolerate a little dissonance and handle whole-tone scales, this just might fit the bill! Audience reaction was positive. Nice work!"
"Terrific piece - lots of fun!"
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