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by Elke
(10 posts)
12 years ago

Saxophone concertos

I would like to get some information from everyone out there about saxophone literature. What are you favorite pieces? Do you know of any NEW, descent literature out there? Elke Overton

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  1. by Stogiphone
    (3 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Saxophone concertos

    If anyone is still actually checking this posting, here are a few more good pieces. Concert Suite - William Bolcom (sax and band or piano, very hard, lots of altissimo..but very fun too) Sonata - David Diamond (sax/piano) challenging, but has some osia passages that make it easier if you aren't up to speed on your altissimo Distances Within Me- John Anthony Lennon (sax/piano) also very hard, unmetered in places and very rhythmicly complex. Awesome piece. Interplay - Charles Ruggiero (sop./piano) Hard as hell, not for anyone but the most serious players. Very cool piece, very jazzy, but the fastest thing I've layed eyes on. Starts about quarter=240. Much of the newer literature is "out there" so be prepared. Some of it is very good, but some is just hard and weird. Oh yeah, one more.... Duo 1.5 by Jerry Grant. (alto/tape) This is not your typical tape piece. It is very lush and orchestral sounding. The sax part is demanding, but not overly so. Very cool piece. Good Luck

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  2. by SteveC
    (1 post)

    12 years ago

    Re: Saxophone concertos

    My favorite two pieces to perfrom on alto are: Ernst Von Kock Concerto Frank martin Ballade There is alot of really good literature out there written in the past 20 years. Unfortunately we have alot of garbage as well. In the 60's and 70's we were the recipients of lousy composers who didn't have anyone willy to play thier pieces. We saxophonist were all too eager for new literature. Yikes! Some of the things we have . . . . . . more later......

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  3. by krestonsmith
    (12 posts)

    11 years ago

    Re: Saxophone concertos

    ibert concertino da camera Glazunov concerto Not Concerto - Creston Sonata

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    1. by Kitch22
      (98 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Saxophone concertos

      The Gurewich Concerto with piano accompaniment is AWESOME (but real hard to play)! I know an 8th grader who played in flawlessly at a music festival, and it sounded phenomenal!!

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  4. by Elke
    (10 posts)

    11 years ago

    World Saxophone Congress

    I want everyone to know that there were some incredible pieces presented at the World Saxophone Congress this last week in Minneapolis. I would be happy to share some titles of pieces I heard if anyone is interested. I would say that at least 90% of what was performed was either a US premier or a World premier. If any of you are aspiring to be professional saxophonists or even music educators, you should plan to attend the next conference.
    Elke Overton

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    1. by SaxIndividual
      (3 posts)

      11 years ago

      Re: World Saxophone Congress

      I am really mad that I had to miss the World Saxophone Congress, but I need money for college, so anyway. Do you know where the next World Saxophone Congress is? I believe they occur every 4 years. I am also interested in hearing about some of the new pieces. Steve

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      1. by jasonparvey
        (7 posts)

        11 years ago

        Re: World Saxophone Congress

        The next sax congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia during July 5-9, 2006. This years world sax congress was awesome. The new ref. alto was unvieled, there were many horns and mouthpieces to try, and there were some great concerts and lectures. -Parvey

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        1. by SaxMan
          (559 posts)

          11 years ago

          Re: World Saxophone Congress

          Wish I could have gone, sounded like a blast.

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      2. by saxariffic
        (1 post)

        11 years ago

        Re: Saxophone concertos

        It's not a concerto, but the improvisation pieces written for Roussou by (?) in fact, if anyone knows who its by, let me know, heh?

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        1. by Acesaxy02
          (2 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Saxophone concertos

          either that or Bozza

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        2. by Acesaxy02
          (2 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Saxophone concertos

          I think what you are talking about is the bonneau suite. I am performing that one later this month for school juries

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          1. by wesmiller
            (55 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: Saxophone concertos

            I know this is an old topic but I have some pieces that are relatively new that may be of interest to some. Lilith (Alto and Piano) By William Bolcolm {avante-garde} Elegie et Rondeau (Alto and Orchestra, available with piano reduction) By Karel Husa Tableaux de Provence (Alto and Orchestra, available with piano reduction) By Paul Maurice Sonata (Alto and Piano) By William Albright I think this one is called Rhapsodie by John Anthony Lennon. Alto and Orchestra, Piano reduction. I've played the others, not this one. Always wanted to. I have heard a recording of Sinta premiering the piece. calls for altissimo and double tounging. It will knock your socks off. In Two Worlds (various arrangements available: Alto and Computer. Alto, Computer and Orchestra). I played the Alto and Computer arrangement. Its "out there" plan on spending 6 months to get this baby under your fingers then add the computer. Thats it.

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            1. by wesmiller
              (55 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Saxophone concertos

              Forgot In Two Worlds is by Morton Subotnick

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            2. by phathorn
              (165 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Saxophone concertos

              Lilluth is a bear. The last mvmt of the Albright will really get a crowd going when played well...

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            3. by wesmiller
              (55 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Saxophone concertos

              Phathorn: Did you know Albright and Bolcolm? Saw you were a Sinta student. Such a shame that Bolcom passed away. I corresponded with him on Lilith when it was still in manuscript, was such a great guy. Just curious if you new them. Hey, also do you know the tenor player in Resounding Winds? Charles Rochester Young? Man, its been a long time. He has written a lot for sax quartet lit., my quartet played his pieces. Just wondering Wes

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            4. by tickneither
              (4 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Saxophone concertos

              Though most people play Gotkovsky's "Brilliance" I always enjoyed and preferred the "Concereto". It can be played with great passion as well as technical ability. Check it out. It will take you all over your horn and it makes musical sense.

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            5. by Vondermark
              (18 posts)

              9 years ago

              Re: Saxophone concertos

              Let's see, I can't remember any of the composers for any of the pieces that I am about to mention except one and that is the Claremonte Concerto by John C. Worely. It is a fun piece that takes your mind through rolling hills and other places. It's pretty fast in some places and plenty of altissimo work, but none are really hard to hit unless you are looking at the cadenza which makes it difficult because you are expected to show off there. Anyway there is Hot-Sonate, Interrupted Saxophone Sonata for alto saxophone and marimba, Rumba, Romance by William Grant Still, and that is all I can remember for now, I'll have more later.

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            6. by phathorn
              (165 posts)

              9 years ago

              Re: Saxophone concertos

              I honestly have been out of the loop for so long that I had no idea that Bolcom had passed. I only spoke to him on a few occasions, but really thought a lot of him. Never met Mr Young. My studies with Sinta occured during summers I spent working at Interlochen. My major prof in college was Allen Rippe @ Memphis. He's a student of Sinta and Jack Kripl .

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