Category Archives: Sax Soprano & Piano

Melbourne Sonata

RM888 Melbourne Sonata Cockcroft SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM888 Melbourne Sonata Cockcroft SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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RM888e Melbourne Sonata Cockcroft SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM888e Melbourne Sonata Cockcroft SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Barry Cockcroft
Composed: 2012 Duration: 12 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720114-85-9 Catalogue: RM888
Level: E Country: Australia


The Melbourne Sonata is a major work for soprano saxophone & piano. It is dedicated to Irish saxophonist Gerard McChrystal and is a 12 minute composition in three movements, Go, Slow and Blow.

The effective performance of this piece lies in the ability of the duo to maintian considerable intensity throughout. The two parts are tightly integrated and at times the two instruments should be indistinguiable from one another. With few gaps in the saxophone part, circular breathing essential. The lines weave in and out of each other leaving neither instrument prominent. With the pedal depressed throughout the 2nd movement, some of the saxophone notes should cause the piano to resonate. It was not my intention to have the saxophone playing into the piano but rather a resonant 3rd voice in the distance. The final movement requires clarity of articulation and a hint of a Celtic feel.

UndercurrenT

RM525 UndercurrenT Abbott SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM525 UndercurrenT Abbott SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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RM525e UndercurrenT Abbott SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM525e UndercurrenT Abbott SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Katy Abbott
Composed: 2011 Duration: 11:40 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720119-82-3 Catalogue: RM525
Level: D Country: Australia

Program Notes

This work was commissioned by saxophone and piano duo HD Duo, Michael Duke - saxophone and David Howie - piano, with the assistance of Sydney Conservatorium of Music CD/DVD Grant.

Although the program of the piece could be likened to the unseen undercurrent of a creek or river, it is in reality, reminiscent of the movement and shift of human emotion and the old adage ‘still waters run deep’.

A thank you to Finnegan Abbott for his musical ideas and inspiration in the second section of the work.

Performance Notes

There is a section in the work for an improvisation/cadenza. The material used can be based on the pre-existing musical ideas already played in the piece and/or material further developed later in the piece that is not yet heard. The soloist is also welcome to play what is written in the score as an alternate to the improvisation. The duration of the cadenza may be extended if desired.

Piano pedalling should be as necessary where marked.

The opening of the work should be very still, in order to contrast with musical ideas to follow.

Treacherous Tango

RM879 Treacherous Tango Firth SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM879 Treacherous Tango Firth SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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RM879e Treacherous Tango Firth SOPRANO SAX-PNO
RM879e Treacherous Tango Firth SOPRANO SAX-PNO

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2004 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano
Exam Grade: HSC Saxophone Soprano
ISMN: 979-0-720114-76-7 Catalogue: RM879
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!

The Silent Isle

RM867 The Silent Isle Charlton SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM867 The Silent Isle Charlton SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Richard Charlton
Composed: Duration: 4 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano
Exam Grade: HSC Saxophone Soprano
ISMN: 979-0-720114-64-4 Catalogue: RM867
Level: C Country: Australia

Sonatina

RM823 Sonatina Spiewak Bb SAX/PNO
RM823 Sonatina Spiewak Bb SAX/PNO

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Composer: Tomasz Spiewak
Composed: 1989 Duration: 15 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano, Sax Tenor & Piano Level D
Exam Grade: HSC Saxophone Soprano,
HSC Saxophone Tenor
ISMN: 979-0-720114-21-7 Catalogue: RM823
Level: D Country: Australia

Three Mobiles

RM757 Three Mobiles Metcalf SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM757 Three Mobiles Metcalf SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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Composer: John Metcalf
Composed: 2001 Duration: 12 mins.
Instrumentation: McSax, Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720109-28-2 Catalogue: RM757
Level: D Country: Wales

Performed by Gerard McChrystal (orchestral version)

Honk!

RM762 Honk! Caffrey SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM762 Honk! Caffrey SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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RM762e Honk! Caffrey SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM762e Honk! Caffrey SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Greg Caffrey
Composed: 2006 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: McSax, Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720109-33-6 Catalogue: RM762
Level: D Country: Ireland

RM762 HonkHonk was commissioned and premiered by Gerard McCrystal.
Great Hall, Dartington Summer School, Devon, England - 13th Aug 2007.
Gerard McChrystal (soprano saxophone) - Stephen de Pledge (piano)

Performed by Gerard McChrystal

Voyage

RM763 Voyage Harding SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM763 Voyage Harding SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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RM763e Voyage Harding SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM763e Voyage Harding SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Charlotte Harding
Composed: 2007 Duration: 9 mins.
Instrumentation: McSax, Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720109-34-3 Catalogue: RM763
Level: D Country: England

Performed by Gerard McChrystal

Sonata

RM388 Sonata Goldstein SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM388 Sonata Goldstein SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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RM388e Sonata Goldstein SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM388e Sonata Goldstein SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Perry Goldstein
Composed: 2006 Duration: 19 mins.
Instrumentation: Featured, Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: M-720071-45-9 Catalogue: RM388
Level: E Country: United States

Performed live by Rompduo

Performed live by saxophonist Joseph Lulloff and pianist Jun Okada.

 

Dancing in the Snake Pit

RM383 Dancing in the Snake Pit Grenfell SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM383 Dancing in the Snake Pit Grenfell SOPRANO SAX/PNO

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Composer: Maria Grenfell
Composed: 1998 Duration: 10 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: M-720071-40-4 Catalogue: RM383
Level: D Country: Australia, New Zealand

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