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Quintet for Alto Saxophone and Strings – SAX PART ONLY

RM577e Quintet for Alto Saxophone & Strings Goldstein ALTO SAX/STRING QUARTET
RM577e Quintet for Alto Saxophone & Strings Goldstein ALTO SAX/STRING QUARTET
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Composer: Perry Goldstein
Composed: Duration: 18 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax & Other Instruments
ISMN: 979-0-720083-83-4 Catalogue: RM577
Level: E Country: United States

This is for the saxophone part only. The full piece is available with parts and score here:

Quintet for Alto Saxophone and Strings

Program note:

Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet (2006) features three movements of wildly different character, all influenced by quite different kinds of music.  The first movement, “Bright and exuberant,” is simultaneously heroic and breezy.  Undulating near-minimalist figures in the strings accompany overarching melodies played by the saxophone.  The B section within this A-B-A’ form is more languid, while the outer A sections contain music that is buoyant and striving.

I think of the tune at the center of movement 2 (“Heartfelt and singing”) as an urban spiritual.  Though simple, it first finds itself in a bluesy if somewhat chromatically tortured chorale-like setting.  Four variations follow.  The first preserves the pace of the saxophone melody in a setting of pizzicato strings and short lamenting outbursts. The second variation poses quintuplet perpetual-motion arabesques against the melody while the cello plays with and against the quintuplets in rhythmic syncopation.  The third variation spins an uptempo jazz waltz out of the material while the fourth sets the tune lamentingly in surprising harmonies in the strings’ upper registers.  A cadenza for the saxophone brings the movement to a somber close.

The third movement is something of a middle-eastern dance, made rhythmically jagged by the everchanging meters.  Marked “Dancing, yet driving,” this movement emulates the A-B-A’ shape of the first.  However, the B section and the coda recapitulate the tune of the first movement, first in a melancholy mood and then in exuberant conclusion.

Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet is dedicated to saxophonist Kenneth Tse and the Escher String Quartet.

 

Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy

RM1102 Chromatic Fantasy Sax
RM1102 Chromatic Fantasy Sax

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RM1102e Chromatic Fantasy Sax
RM1102e Chromatic Fantasy Sax

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Composer: Kenneth Tse
Composed: 2018 Duration: 7 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Solo Level E
ISMN: 979-0-720137-26-1 Catalogue: RM1102
Level: Country: United States

The Chromatic Fantasy by JS Bach arranged by American Saxophonist Kenneth Tse.

RM1102 Chromatic Fantasy

Gathering

RM904 Gathering Stanley PNO
RM904 Gathering Stanley PNO

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RM904e Gathering Stanley PNO
RM904e Gathering Stanley PNO

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Composer: Jane Stanley
Composed: 2009 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: Piano Solo
ISMN: 979-0-720129-30-3 Catalogue: RM904
Level: C Country: Australia

RM904-Gathering

Elegy

RM1059 Elegy Firth WIND QUINTET
RM1059 Elegy Firth WIND QUINTET

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RM1059e Elegy Firth WIND QUINTET
RM1059e Elegy Firth WIND QUINTET

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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2010 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Bassoon Chamber Music, Clarinet Chamber Music, Flute Chamber Music, French Horn Chamber Music, Oboe Chamber Music
ISMN: 979-0-720137-00-1 Catalogue: RM1059
Level: B Country: Australia

RM1059-Elegy

Rags and Classics

RM1071 Rags and Classics Anderson PNO
RM1071 Rags and Classics Anderson PNO

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RM1071e Rags and Classics Anderson PNO
RM1071e Rags and Classics Anderson PNO

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Composer: Tom Anderson
Composed: 1989 Duration: 7 mins.
Instrumentation: Piano Solo
ISMN: 979-0-720137-12-4 Catalogue: RM1071
Level: B Country: Australia

Falling Ever Deeper

RM1081 Falling Ever Depper Dean FL/PNO
RM1081 Falling Ever Depper Dean FL/PNO

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RM1081e Falling Ever Depper Dean FL/PNO
RM1081e Falling Ever Depper Dean FL/PNO

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Composer: Paul Dean
Composed: 2014 Duration: 14 mins.
Instrumentation: Flute & Piano Level E
ISMN: 979-0-720137-22-3 Catalogue: RM1081
Level: E Country: Australia

I originally intended the title “Falling Ever Deeper” to be one intimating total melancholy and as an emotional reaction to some immense personal challenges I faced during 2014. But as the piece developed I realised that the phrase “Falling Ever Deeper” could have positive resonances as well as the perhaps more obvious negative ones. So, the piece in essence gives a fairly accurate account of a journey through crisis, isolation and moving on.

The opening movement, Maelstrom, is dominated by the musical scream played by both instruments at the beginning of the movement. Of course this ‘scream’ has emotional overtones, but musically represented my overriding intention to have the flute an equal in the balance between the two instruments throughout the composition of the entire work. The opening movement is to be played as frantically and as breathlessly as possible.

The second movement, Void, is an opportunity for the lyrical and timbre possibilities of the flute and the player to be explored and discovered. As much contrast as possible is required to make the movement as dramatic and ultimately, as moving, as possible.

The last movement, Epiphany, is intentionally more up beat emotionally than the first two. Drama, speed and accuracy of the intricate articulations are the main points of focus for me as composer when listening to a performance of the work.

I wrote this piece for my two great friends, Vernon Hill and Virginia Taylor. Their friendship has been very important to me over several years, and no more so than in 2014. Their inspiration to me as a wind player and as a composer is incredible and endless.

And I dedicate the piece to my friends, Cooper, Stephen, Margaret and my brother Craig and his partner Sue for helping lift “Falling Ever Deeper” out of the abyss, and into the sunshine.

Paul Dean

Mischief

RM1080 Mischief Goldstein SAX QUARTET SATB
RM1080 Mischief Goldstein SAX QUARTET SATB

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RM1080e Mischief Goldstein SAX QUARTET SATB
RM1080e Mischief Goldstein SAX QUARTET SATB

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Composer: Perry Goldstein
Composed: 2011 Duration: 7 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Quartet SATB Level E
ISMN: 979-0-720137-21-6 Catalogue: RM1080
Level: E Country: United States