Category Archives: Sax Alto & Piano Level E

Treacherous Tango

RM959 Treacherous Tango Firth ALTO SAX/PNO
RM959 Treacherous Tango Firth ALTO SAX/PNO
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RM959e Treacherous Tango Firth ALTO SAX/PNO
RM959e Treacherous Tango Firth ALTO SAX/PNO
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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2004 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level E
ISMN: 979-0-720119-52-6 Catalogue: RM959
Level: E Country: Australia

The Treacherous Tango was composed for principal flautist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Janet Webb. In July 2002 I was invited to perform the Artie Shaw Concerto for Clarinet at the Sydney Opera House for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s “Swing in to spring” series. Whilst waiting in the wings backstage, Janet asked me if we could meet up for a talk sometime about jazz and Latin styles. A few weeks later after hearing Janet play, I began sketching “Treacherous Tango” for her wonderful CD “Tango and all that Jazz”.

The Treacherous Tango is in essence a cross-over piece in that it is never fully Latin, jazz or classical for any significant amount of time. The first section is a kind of “Bach goes Latin”. This then heats up a bit and changes in to an improvised solo section. The piano gradually drops out and leaves the soloist merrily grooving away over the feel. Realising that they are now completely venerable and on their own, the soloist becomes a little embarrassed and sheepishly fades out all the while tring to coax the piano back into the “game”. Finally the soloist gives up trying and instead, decides to launch in to a rollercoaster passage that the piano, (not wanting to be out done) effortlessly mimics but in octaves. Both then launch into a fiery Latin pattern that re-energizes the Latin feel once more.

The romantic section that follows, brings a little of “Spain” to the feel before both instruments frolic through a dual-time feel section that is a walking bass four feel in the left-hand of the piano against a turblent three feel in the solo part and right-hand of the piano. This culminates in both instruments swinging over a very short slow swing four-feel passage. The soloist then decides to try a bit of “improvisation” and takes-off over this feel once again. Shortly following this, the piano flies into a fiendishly difficult Latin styled solo with the soloist following closely behind.

After the soloist blazes its way through another “improvised” solo, the first and second themes return with vengeance and lead to a musical frenzy of furiously flying accelerando passages that end with a fluter tongued trill. Then with one final short argument and a rapid triplet outburst, it’s all over. Phew!

It’s quite a blow for anybody so when you do get to the end take time to praise yourself and your partner in crime at the piano for a great effort!

Flying Colours

RM842 Flying Colours Orlovich ALTO SAX/PNO
RM842 Flying Colours Orlovich ALTO SAX/PNO

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RM842e Flying Colours Orlovich ALTO SAX/PNO eScore
RM842e Flying Colours Orlovich ALTO SAX/PNO eScore

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Composer: Matthew Orlovich
Composed: 2010 Duration: 12 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level E
ISMN: 979-0-720114-39-2 Catalogue: RM842
Level: E Country: Australia

Flying Colours made its first appearance as a concerto for alto saxophone and concert band. Conducted by Captain Brian O. Walden, the work received its world premiere performance on 7th January, 2011 at the 34th International Saxophone Symposium, Washington DC, USA, with Barry Cockcroft as featured soloist with the United States Navy Band.

At Barry’s request, I arranged the concerto for alto saxophone and piano for performance at the 2011 Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Festival, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

The title of the work is intended to suggest the rapid, free-flowing and often highly chromatic melodies played by the saxophone soloist. The title also reveals something of the inspiration behind the music and my current fascination with all things nautical.

Flying Colours commences with music of a bright and vigorous nature. The strong pulse heard at the introduction is maintained and serves to drive the narrative of the whole work. Weaving in and around the band / piano part, the soloist’s florid melodic lines are composed of ordered, balanced phrases. This is in keeping with the ‘crazy logic’ style of some of my previous works for saxophone in which ‘crazy’ melodic intervals are shaped into ‘logical’ or symmetrical sentences.

I warmly thank Barry Cockcroft and the United States Navy Band for giving the world premiere performance of the work, and also warmly thank Barry Cockcroft and Adam Pinto (rompduo) for their premiere performance of the sax and piano score.

Matthew Orlovich

X Suite (8 movements)

RM849 X Suite (8 movements) Zadro ALTO SAX/PNO
RM849 X Suite (8 movements) Zadro ALTO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Mark Zadro
Composed: 2009 Duration: 25 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level E
Exam Grade: HSC Saxophone Alto
ISMN: 979-0-720114-46-0 Catalogue: RM849
Level: E Country: Australia

Contents: X Suite, II. Interlude #1, III. Cauldron, IV. Interlude #2, V. Rattle Snake, VI. Voyage, VII. Fire Fly, VIII. Hymn for an Epilogue

Sonata

RM761 Sonata Lovelock ALTO SAX/PNO
RM761 Sonata Lovelock ALTO SAX/PNO

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RM761e Sonata Lovelock ALTO SAX/PNO
RM761e Sonata Lovelock ALTO SAX/PNO

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Composer: William Lovelock
Composed: 2007 Duration: 16 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level E
Exam Grade: HSC Saxophone Alto
ISMN: 979-0-720109-32-9 Catalogue: RM761
Level: E Country: Australia

Performed by Peter Clinch (saxophone) & Trevor Barnard (Piano)
from the album “The Art of Peter Clinch”  Diversions DDV24120

Le Api

RM654 Le Api Tse ALTO SAX/PNO
RM654 Le Api Tse ALTO SAX/PNO

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RM654e Le Api Tse ALTO SAX/PNO
RM654e Le Api Tse ALTO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Kenneth Tse
Composed: 1905 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level E
ISMN: 979-0-720100-83-8 Catalogue: RM654
Level: E Country: United States

RM654 Le Api

Performed on soprano saxophone by Kenneth Tse

Also available for Soprano Saxophone

Antonio Pasculli was born on October 13th, 1842 in Palermo.  He began his career as a virtuosic oboist at the age of 14 and by the time he was 18, was professor of oboe and English horn at the Regio Conservatorio di Palermo, a position he held until he became blind in 1913.

He was appointed director of the Corpo Municipale di Musica di Palermo in 1879, but due to his advancing blindness he withdrew from active concert life in 1884 and lived until 1924. Pasculli composed numerous fantasies for oboe and orchestra on themes from the operas of Bellini, Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Rossini and Verdi. His compositions were often considered to be too difficult to be performed and therefore were forgotten by oboists until modern times.

Le Api for oboe and piano was first published in 1905 and was dedicated to the Conservatorio di Musica di Palermo. Although similar to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee, Le Api was written first, and is part of the three virtuosic studies Pasculli wrote for the oboe. From a postscript to the third study we learn that these were first performed in the big hall of the Conservatorio di musica in Milan on July 14, 1874.

The long legato ties are performed with circular breathing and there is only one place where the player can take a breath (break between phrases) in the entire piece.

Crazy Logic

RM224 Crazy Logic Orlovich ALTO SAX/PNO
RM224 Crazy Logic Orlovich ALTO SAX/PNO

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RM224e Crazy Logic Orlovich ALTO SAX/PNO
RM224e Crazy Logic Orlovich ALTO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Matthew Orlovich
Composed: 2006 Duration: 13 mins.
Instrumentation: Featured, Sax Alto & Piano Level E
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade LMusA
ISMN: M-720067-31-5 Catalogue: RM224
Level: E Country: Australia

Performed by Rompduo

Crazy Logic (for alto saxophone and piano, 2006) was composed at the invitation of saxophonist Barry Cockcroft and pianist Adam Pinto (RompDuo) for premiere performance at the 2006 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, VIC, Australia.

Subsequent performances of the work include:
• Gerard McChrystal (saxophone) & Mary Dullea (pianist) @ Wigmore Hall, London, UK;
• Barry Cockcroft (saxophone) & Darrell Partin (piano) @ the 34th International Saxophone Symposium, Fairfax, VA, USA;
• Anhinga PianoSAX Duo @ 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 4 Conference, Huntsville, Texas, USA;
• Jabra Latham (saxophone) & Karen Smithies (pianist) at The Ballroom, Epsom House, Pontville, Tasmania, Australia;
• RompDuo @ 2011 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Symposium, Melbourne, Australia;
• Tim Roberts (sax) & Renate Rohlfing (piano) @ Selmer Paris Dragon Bird Event, Steinway Hall, NYC, NY, USA.

In composing the work, I have chosen to use musical ideas of a mostly intense and driving nature. My melodic lines comprise semiquavers which twist, scurry, and traverse up, down and around the musical staves at a great pace.

Furthermore, the two instrumentalists often play in unison or at the octave, lending added urgency and directness to the music.

While a softer, more reflective mood is revealed at the heart of the work, it is the energetic music with its chromatic kinks, jagged contours and wide leaps that elicits, for me, the ‘crazy’ mood alluded to in the work’s title.

In stitching my ‘crazy’ music together, I have aimed to afford the work a certain logic by virtue of balanced phrasing and fluent transitions between sections of the work.

I thank Barry and Adam for inviting me to compose this work and for giving the work its premiere performance. M.O.

Heaven

RM217 Heaven Goldstein ALTO SAX/PNO
RM217 Heaven Goldstein ALTO SAX/PNO

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RM217e Heaven Goldstein ALTO SAX/PNO
RM217e Heaven Goldstein ALTO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Perry Goldstein
Composed: 2005 Duration: 12 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level E
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade Certificate of Performance
ISMN: M-720059-85-3 Catalogue: RM217
Level: E Country: United States

Performed by Rompduo

Sonata

RM088 Sonata Greenbaum ALTO SAX/PNO
RM088 Sonata Greenbaum ALTO SAX/PNO

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RM088e Sonata Greenbaum ALTO SAX/PNO
RM088e Sonata Greenbaum ALTO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Stuart Greenbaum
Composed: 2002 Duration: 23 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level E
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade Certificate of Performance,
AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade LMusA
ISMN: M-720019-87-1 Catalogue: RM088
Level: E Country: Australia

A CD recording is also available.

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