Composed: 2001 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Alto & Piano Level C
Exam Grade: AMEB Leisure Saxophone Alto Grade 5,
AMEB Saxophone Alto Grade 5,
HSC Saxophone Alto
ISMN: M-720019-72-7 Catalogue: RM073
Level: C Country: Australia
Contents: Croc Rock, Black Swan, Waltz, Funk Time, Kelpie's Dance, Lazy Blues, Bondi Girl, Blue Ride
Performed by Romp Duo
Contents: A Little Serenade, Rookie Rock, Ballade, Camel Rollick, Minor Rock, Gavotte, Clear Pitch, Dorian Mode
Played live by Barry Cockcroft
A CD recording of this piece is also available.
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’.
Performed by Romp Duo
I wrote this in 1995 (at a time when my Mum was sick) and I'm delighted that so many people have enjoyed playing it since, hopefully to their Mums too. I've heard many renditions and have enjoyed the diversity of interpretations people have brought to it. It is best to practise it slowly with the metronome, learning the tricky bits separately at first. Don't make too much of the semi-quavers as they are ornaments to the main melody but do try to be accurate with them and don't swallow them. Latch on to the accents as they really bring out the Latin-Jazz feel of the piece. The dynamics help create more emotional ebb and flow in the music.