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Composer: Lachlan Davidson

Songs About Living (5 songs)

RM457 Songs About Living (5 songs) Davidson VOICE/PNO
RM457 Songs About Living (5 songs) Davidson VOICE/PNO
Printed Book
Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 2006 Duration: 12 mins.
Instrumentation: Voice & Piano Level C
Exam Grade: HSC Voice
ISMN: 979-0-9009559-3-7 Catalogue: RM457
Level: C Country: Australia

Contents: Natural World , Free Spirit , What Will They Think Of Me , Time , The Mother Strikes Back

 

Lokked In (8 pieces)

RM360 Lokked In (8 pieces) Davidson CLA/PNO
RM360 Lokked In (8 pieces) Davidson CLA/PNO
Printed Book
Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 1994-2004 Duration: 15 mins.
Instrumentation: Clarinet & Piano Level A, Clarinet & Piano Level B, Clarinet & Piano Level C
Exam Grade: AMEB Clarinet Grade 1,
HSC Clarinet
ISMN: M-720071-11-4 Catalogue: RM360
Level: A - Easy, C Country: Australia

Contents: Swing Thing, Jewell in a Stone, Cathy's Dream , A Lane in Wales, One Step at a Time, A Good Time Was Had By All, Duddles Chuckles, Heritage

Swing Thing: This piece began life as an easy saxophone quartet but translates well to sax and piano. Be sure to play the longs and shorts accurately as it really helps it swing. Accent beat 2 and 4 for the same reason. When there is a quaver on the second half of a beat followed by a rest, it should always be short (staccato as marked) it is good to imagine that there is a note on the following beat to help place the last quaver.

Jewel in a Stone: Written for Julia, this is the most recently written of the tunes in Lokked in. Julia decided that she didn't feel like playing the C naturals that I had written so she played C sharps instead. I liked them so much that I changed the tune. There is much potential for some rubato and a very emotional performance of this piece. Some music turns out that way. Don't play it too slowly but don't hurry from one phrase to the next.

Cathy's Dream: Cathy had Chronic Fatigue syndrome at school and bravely fought through it. Her dream was to be healthy. I played this at her wedding recently where she seemed extremely well. The feel is Latin American influenced and the syncopations can be tricky. Very slow practice with the metronome, thinking in quavers and leaving the ties out can help gain an understanding of the rhythms. This is a good one to practise with the piano part slowly from the early stages of its preparation.

A Lane in Wales: In 1993, on a “round the world walkabout,” I visited my relatives in Wales and went on some long, solitary walks. This tune seems to capture the spirit of some of the lanes I walked along. I enjoy playing this tune and love the more classical feel of it. It suits a more classical sound and a softer dynamic. I love the sound of this piece at a slower tempo too. Be gentle but firm with it. Be aware of when the phrases are one, two or four bars long and be careful not to break it up too much.

One Step at a Time: Named for Steph, to motivate her to practise. Well it didn't work for her but it is a really fun piece to play with elements of rock in the eighties and a touch of David Sanborn. Thanks Dave.

Dig hard into the groove, the accents and the staccatos to really make it rock. A brighter sound and a generally stronger dynamic will suit this piece. The metronome is your best friend on this one.

A Good Time was Had by All: After a tour to Queensland with the school Stage Band, Yuki, a trombonist, asked me to write a piece for her VCE. I was honoured to do so and this was named as a celebration of the good time everyone had on the trip. It suits the saxophone just as well as the trombone and should be approached with a simple, not over-jazzy (or too cool) swing feel, emphasising the off-beat quavers and enjoying the fun in the music. The piano part really adds to the party so check it out as soon as you can.

Duddles Chuckles: I conceived this tune on the way home from a gig, named it after the unique laugh of one of my students, “Duddles” and arranged it for sax quartet before converting it to sax and piano. Play it with a bouncy swing feel in two, but emphasise (accent) the off-beats where quavers are slurred across the beat. There are some unusual staccatos which add to the character of the tune and make it less groovy or jazzy but more fun.

Heritage: I first took this tune (then un-named) to a gig at Bennetts Lane with unLokked (my jazz quartet) and subsequently recorded it on “A hot night in Burwood” released through Newmarket music. I consider it one of my best tunes. It has an obvious celtic influence but I know that Jan Garbarek and the Disney song, “Colours of the wind” were in the mix here too. This version is a simplified version of the original with far fewer ornaments than I would normally play but it still maintains its integrity and emotion. Play it with strength, commitment and honesty.

Perdy Perdy

RM359 Perdy Perdy Davidson CLA/PNO
RM359 Perdy Perdy Davidson CLA/PNO
Printed Book
RM359e Perdy Perdy Davidson CLA/PNO
RM359e Perdy Perdy Davidson CLA/PNO
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Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 2001 Duration: 4 mins.
Instrumentation: Clarinet & Piano Level C
Exam Grade: HSC Clarinet,
VCE Clarinet
ISMN: M-720071-10-7 Catalogue: RM359
Level: C Country: Australia

I wrote this for Perdita, during her lessons, 12 bars per week, to give her an idea on how the blues works. She played the tenor but it sounds fine on all saxes. My bari (Horace) likes playing it, but not too slowly as it can drag. The articulations add to the rhythmic interest and putting a little accent on tongued notes adds to this effect. Otherwise you should lean on the the beat to keep the Boogie Woogie idea going. The piano part is mostly a bass part and gives you strong fundamental pitch to tune to and make the thirds hum.

Hoe Down

RM358 Hoe Down Davidson CLA/PNO
RM358 Hoe Down Davidson CLA/PNO
Printed Book
RM358e Hoe Down Davidson CLA/PNO
RM358e Hoe Down Davidson CLA/PNO
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Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 2000 Duration: 4 mins.
Instrumentation: Clarinet & Piano Level D
Exam Grade: AMEB Clarinet Grade 6,
HSC Clarinet
ISMN: M-720071-09-1 Catalogue: RM358
Level: D Country: Australia

Also available for Alto sax solo with Big-band A jazz band with a violin solo, a sax quartet featuring Soprano Sax, a big band featuring violin or marimba have all performed “Hoe Down”. It does have a strong Funk element and is built around the pentatonic scale but also contains jazz and blues licks around primary triads (I, IV and V). My recorded tempo is at the upper limit but it does work very nicely at slower tempos, but not too slow. The jazz articulations at various times in the piece are hard not to swing but try to keep the even semi-quavers going and the energy up.

Hinterland (VCE/HSC saxophone CD)

RM332 Hinterland (VCE/HSC saxophone CD) Romp Duo SAX CD
RM332 Hinterland (VCE/HSC saxophone CD) Romp Duo SAX CD
Compact Disc
Composer: Greg Clarkson, John Peterson, Katy Abbott, Lachlan Davidson, Stuart Greenbaum, Tomasz Spiewak
Composed: 2006 Duration: 60 mins.
Instrumentation: CD Albums
Exam Grade: HSC Saxophone Alto
ISMN: M-720071-03-9 Catalogue: RM332
Level: B, C Country: Australia

Strange Times

RM326 Strange Times Davidson ALTO SAX/PNO
RM326 Strange Times Davidson ALTO SAX/PNO
Printed Book
RM326e Strange Times Davidson ALTO SAX/PNO
RM326e Strange Times Davidson ALTO SAX/PNO
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Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 2006 Duration: 8 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level D
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade Certificate of Performance,
VCE Saxophone Alto
ISMN: M-720067-84-1 Catalogue: RM326
Level: D Country: Australia

Hoe Down

RM310 Hoe Down Davidson ALTO SAX/PNO
RM310 Hoe Down Davidson ALTO SAX/PNO
Printed Book
RM310e Hoe Down Davidson ALTO SAX/PNO
RM310e Hoe Down Davidson ALTO SAX/PNO
Digital Download eScore
Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 1996 Duration: 4 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level D
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade 6,
HSC Saxophone Alto
ISMN: M-720067-67-4 Catalogue: RM310
Level: D Country: Australia

Also available for Alto sax solo with Big-band A jazz band with a violin solo, a sax quartet featuring Soprano Sax, a big band featuring violin or marimba have all performed “Hoe Down”. It does have a strong Funk element and is built around the pentatonic scale but also contains jazz and blues licks around primary triads (I, IV and V). My recorded tempo is at the upper limit but it does work very nicely at slower tempos, but not too slow. The jazz articulations at various times in the piece are hard not to swing but try to keep the even semi-quavers going and the energy up.

Lokked In (8 pieces)

RM282 Lokked In (8 pieces) Davidson TENOR SAX/PNO
RM282 Lokked In (8 pieces) Davidson TENOR SAX/PNO
Printed Book
RM282e Lokked In (8 pieces) Davidson TENOR SAX/PNO
RM282e Lokked In (8 pieces) Davidson TENOR SAX/PNO
Digital Download eScore
Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 1994-2004 Duration: 15 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Tenor & Piano Level A, Sax Tenor & Piano Level B, Sax Tenor & Piano Level C
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Tenor Grade 2,
AMEB Saxophone Tenor Grade 3,
AMEB Saxophone Tenor Grade 4,
HSC Saxophone Tenor
ISMN: M-720067-53-7 Catalogue: RM282
Level: A - Easy, C Country: Australia

Contents: Swing Thing,  Jewell in a Stone , Cathy's Dream , A Lane in Wales, One Step at a Time, A Good Time Was Had By All , Duddles Chuckles , Heritage

Swing Thing: This piece began life as an easy saxophone quartet but translates well to sax and piano. Be sure to play the longs and shorts accurately as it really helps it swing. Accent beat 2 and 4 for the same reason. When there is a quaver on the second half of a beat followed by a rest, it should always be short (staccato as marked) it is good to imagine that there is a note on the following beat to help place the last quaver.

Jewel in a Stone: Written for Julia, this is the most recently written of the tunes in Lokked in. Julia decided that she didn't feel like playing the C naturals that I had written so she played C sharps instead. I liked them so much that I changed the tune. There is much potential for some rubato and a very emotional performance of this piece. Some music turns out that way. Don't play it too slowly but don't hurry from one phrase to the next.

Cathy's Dream: Cathy had Chronic Fatigue syndrome at school and bravely fought through it. Her dream was to be healthy. I played this at her wedding recently where she seemed extremely well. The feel is Latin American influenced and the syncopations can be tricky. Very slow practice with the metronome, thinking in quavers and leaving the ties out can help gain an understanding of the rhythms. This is a good one to practise with the piano part slowly from the early stages of its preparation.

A Lane in Wales: In 1993, on a “round the world walkabout,” I visited my relatives in Wales and went on some long, solitary walks. This tune seems to capture the spirit of some of the lanes I walked along. I enjoy playing this tune and love the more classical feel of it. It suits a more classical sound and a softer dynamic. I love the sound of this piece at a slower tempo too. Be gentle but firm with it. Be aware of when the phrases are one, two or four bars long and be careful not to break it up too much.

One Step at a Time: Named for Steph, to motivate her to practise. Well it didn't work for her but it is a really fun piece to play with elements of rock in the eighties and a touch of David Sanborn. Thanks Dave.

Dig hard into the groove, the accents and the staccatos to really make it rock.  A brighter sound and a generally stronger dynamic will suit this piece. The metronome is your best friend on this one.

A Good Time was Had by All: After a tour to Queensland with the school Stage Band, Yuki, a trombonist, asked me to write a piece for her VCE. I was honoured to do so and this was named as a celebration of the good time everyone had on the trip. It suits the saxophone just as well as the trombone and should be approached with a simple, not over-jazzy (or too cool) swing feel, emphasising the off-beat quavers and enjoying the fun in the music. The piano part really adds to the party so check it out as soon as you can.

Duddles Chuckles: I conceived this tune on the way home from a gig, named it after the unique laugh of one of my students, “Duddles” and arranged it for sax quartet before converting it to sax and piano. Play it with a bouncy swing feel in two, but emphasise (accent) the off-beats where quavers are slurred across the beat. There are some unusual staccatos which add to the character of the tune and make it less groovy or jazzy but more fun.

Heritage: I first took this tune (then un-named) to a gig at Bennetts Lane with unLokked (my jazz quartet) and subsequently recorded it on “A hot night in Burwood” released through Newmarket music. I consider it one of my best tunes. It has an obvious celtic influence but I know that Jan Garbarek and the Disney song, “Colours of the wind” were in the mix here too. This version is a simplified version of the original with far fewer ornaments than I would normally play but it still maintains its integrity and emotion. Play it with strength, commitment and honesty.

Helter Skelter

RM270 Helter Skelter Davidson TENOR SAX/PNO
RM270 Helter Skelter Davidson TENOR SAX/PNO
Printed Book
RM270e Helter Skelter Davidson TENOR SAX/PNO
RM270e Helter Skelter Davidson TENOR SAX/PNO
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Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 2001 Duration: 4 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Tenor & Piano Level C
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Tenor Grade 6,
HSC Saxophone Tenor
ISMN: M-720067-24-7 Catalogue: RM270
Level: C Country: Australia

Also available for Tenor sax solo with Big-band I wanted to write a difficult, complex tune (as I always seemed to end up writing simple melodies) and this is what resulted. Meredith was my first student to try it and she articulated it to suit how she played. I have adopted many of her articulations in this version. In certain circumstances, I highly recommend improvising in the optional section. The biggest challenge, other than the technical difficulty, is to swap between the fusion feel with the appropriate intense sound and the jazz feel with a lighter sound, and then lead gradually back towards the fusion feel and sound towards the end. The accompanist should be sure not to slow down in the swing section. Even push ahead a little.

Mediterranean Blue

RM262 Mediterranean Blue Davidson CLA/PNO
RM262 Mediterranean Blue Davidson CLA/PNO
Printed Book
RM262e Mediterranean Blue Davidson CLA/PNO
RM262e Mediterranean Blue Davidson CLA/PNO
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Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 1995 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: Clarinet & Piano Level C
Exam Grade: AMEB Clarinet Grade 7,
HSC Clarinet,
VCE Clarinet
ISMN: M-720067-12-4 Catalogue: RM262
Level: C Country: Australia

I originally wrote this for Lisa to play as a solo flute piece, then gave it to some Tenor Sax students before adding the piano part, which I now really like the sound of and it does add considerably to the piece. It is named Mediterranean Blue because it seems to have Southern European influences but a touch of the Blues too. Therefore you can approach playing it, leaning in either direction, either a little jazzy or quite Classical, (vaguely Spanish). The rhythmic feel is challenging to pin down, being almost felt in one beat to the bar, but only once you reach a certain tempo. Finding places to breathe can also be a little challenging. Sorry. You may find yourself humming this one in your sleep as I have.