Exam: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade 8

Habanera

RM328 Habanera Kay ALTO SAX/PNO
RM328 Habanera Kay ALTO SAX/PNO
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RM328e Habanera Kay ALTO SAX/PNO
RM328e Habanera Kay ALTO SAX/PNO
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Composer: Martin Kay
Composed: 2002 Duration: 4 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level D
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade 8,
HSC Saxophone Alto
ISMN: M-720067-86-5 Catalogue: RM328
Level: D Country: Australia

The habanera, as a genre, originated in Cuba during the 19th century. It evolved from the contradansa, which arrived in Cuba from France via refugees fleeing the Haitian revolution. By the 20th the habanera had become a musical relic in Cuba, but after travelling back across the sea with sailors, it became so popular in European salons that composers as illustrious as Ravel (Piece en Forme De Habanera) and Georges Bizet (Carmen) had composed tunes using its characteristic rhythm and exotic flavour.

 

Martin Kay’s Habanera employs the tradition very freely.

 

 

Advanced Studies (20 pieces)

RM009 Advanced Studies (20 pieces) Cockcroft Editor SAX
RM009 Advanced Studies (20 pieces) Cockcroft Editor SAX

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RM009e Advanced Studies (20 pieces) Cockcroft Editor SAX
RM009e Advanced Studies (20 pieces) Cockcroft Editor SAX

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These pieces have been chosen to give the advanced saxophonist a melodic selection of traditional studies and caprices. The works were adapted from the violin music of Kreuzter, Rode and Paganini and offer saxophonists the chance to play virtuosic studies that are immensely enjoyable - both to play and to listen to.

Mastering one study at a time is a proven technique for learning these demanding pieces. Precision is vital. Detailed observation of pitch, rhythm and nuance is an effective way to begin the 20 pieces. Careful consideration of each fingering will help to develop fl uent integration of the altissimo register. Meticulous study now will save time and frustration later.

No breath marks are given and often no rests are present to indicate where to breathe. Given the wide variety of tempi that these studies are likely to performed at, each saxophonist must choose their own breathing points. Remember though that breathing is decided by the musical phrase, rather than the phrase being decided by the breathing. It is suggested that the occasional note be ommited to occomodate breathing rather than adjusting the tempo.

Given that most of the studies are intended to be played at a fast tempo, the exact metronome marking is left to the discretion of the player. However, several pieces are quite effective at a slower tempo and it is important to place accuracy above speed.

In most of the pieces, the articulations are taken directly from the violin. Use these original markings or explore additional patterns of your own choosing. Whatever the choice, a clear and consistent approach to articulation is recommended. All octave markings throughout this book are optional. These works are not intended solely for technical development but rather for the musical application of an already advanced technique.

For complimentary further study, Reed Music also publishes Barry Cockcroft’s book ‘Saxophone Technique’.

Black and Blue

RM002 Black & Blue Cockcroft ALTO SAX
RM002 Black & Blue Cockcroft ALTO SAX

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RM002e Black & Blue Cockcroft ALTO SAX
RM002e Black & Blue Cockcroft ALTO SAX

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Composer: Barry Cockcroft
Composed: 1995 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: Featured, Sax Solo Level D
Exam Grade: AMEB Leisure Saxophone Alto Grade 8,
AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade 8,
HSC Saxophone Alto,
St Cecilia Alto Sax Grade 7,
VCE Saxophone Alto
ISMN: M720019-01-7 Catalogue: RM002
Level: C Country: Australia