Exam: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade AMusA

Crazy Logic CD

RM333 Crazy Logic CD Romp Duo SAX CD
RM333 Crazy Logic CD Romp Duo SAX CD
Compact Disc.
Composed: 2006 Duration: 70 mins.
Instrumentation: CD Albums
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade 7,
AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade AMusA,
AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade Certificate of Performance,
AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade LMusA,
HSC Saxophone Alto
ISMN: M-720071-04-6 Catalogue: RM333
Level: C, D, E Country: Australia


  1. Crazy Logic - Matthew Orlovich
  2. Heaven - Perry Goldstein
  3. Time Transfixed - Maria Grenfell
  4. Not too near....not too far - Brenton Broadstock
  5. Murphy's Law - Philip Norman
  6. Digressioni Modali - Andrián Pertout
  7. Three Places for a New Millenium - Stuart Greenbaum

Phospheric Variations

RM283e Phospheric Variations Stanhope ALTO SAX/PNO
RM283e Phospheric Variations Stanhope ALTO SAX/PNO
Digital Download eScore
Composer: Paul Stanhope
Composed: 1998 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level D
Exam Grade: AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade AMusA,
HSC Saxophone Alto
ISMN: M-720067-52-0 Catalogue: RM283
Level: D Country: Australia

Performed by James Nightingale

The term “variations” in this work is used somewhat loosely and does not conform to the strict connotation of the classical “Theme and Variations” form. Rather, it is used in the sense that the presented themes are decorated and varied over a repeated ground bass in much the same way as in a Chaconne. Material for this work was drawn from an earlier work Phospherics. This title came from a series of word associations:

Phosphorous: phosphorescent, luminous, green, nature. Spherics: spherical, circular, cyclical, cycles.

Versions of phosphoric Variations were originally composed for alto saxophone and piano, then later for clarinet and piano and flute and piano.

Advanced Studies (20 pieces)

RM009 Advanced Studies (20 pieces) Cockcroft Editor SAX
RM009 Advanced Studies (20 pieces) Cockcroft Editor SAX
Printed Book
RM009e Advanced Studies (20 pieces) Cockcroft Editor SAX
RM009e Advanced Studies (20 pieces) Cockcroft Editor SAX
Digital Download eScore

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’.