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Category Archives: Saxophone Soprano

Melbourne Sonata

RM888 Melbourne Sonata Cockcroft SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM888 Melbourne Sonata Cockcroft SOPRANO SAX/PNO
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RM888e Melbourne Sonata Cockcroft SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM888e Melbourne Sonata Cockcroft SOPRANO SAX/PNO
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Composer: Barry Cockcroft
Composed: 2012 Duration: 12 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720114-85-9 Catalogue: RM888
Level: E Country: Australia


The Melbourne Sonata is a major work for soprano saxophone & piano. It is dedicated to Irish saxophonist Gerard McChrystal and is a 12 minute composition in three movements, Go, Slow and Blow.

The effective performance of this piece lies in the ability of the duo to maintian considerable intensity throughout. The two parts are tightly integrated and at times the two instruments should be indistinguiable from one another. With few gaps in the saxophone part, circular breathing essential. The lines weave in and out of each other leaving neither instrument prominent. With the pedal depressed throughout the 2nd movement, some of the saxophone notes should cause the piano to resonate. It was not my intention to have the saxophone playing into the piano but rather a resonant 3rd voice in the distance. The final movement requires clarity of articulation and a hint of a Celtic feel.

UndercurrenT

RM525e UndercurrenT Abbott SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM525e UndercurrenT Abbott SOPRANO SAX/PNO
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Composer: Katy Abbott
Composed: 2011 Duration: 11:40 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720119-82-3 Catalogue: RM525
Level: D Country: Australia

Program Notes

This work was commissioned by saxophone and piano duo HD Duo, Michael Duke - saxophone and David Howie - piano, with the assistance of Sydney Conservatorium of Music CD/DVD Grant.

Although the program of the piece could be likened to the unseen undercurrent of a creek or river, it is in reality, reminiscent of the movement and shift of human emotion and the old adage ‘still waters run deep’.

A thank you to Finnegan Abbott for his musical ideas and inspiration in the second section of the work.

Performance Notes

There is a section in the work for an improvisation/cadenza. The material used can be based on the pre-existing musical ideas already played in the piece and/or material further developed later in the piece that is not yet heard. The soloist is also welcome to play what is written in the score as an alternate to the improvisation. The duration of the cadenza may be extended if desired.

Piano pedalling should be as necessary where marked.

The opening of the work should be very still, in order to contrast with musical ideas to follow.

Sonatina

RM823 Sonatina Spiewak Bb SAX/PNO
RM823 Sonatina Spiewak Bb SAX/PNO
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Composer: Tomasz Spiewak
Composed: 1989 Duration: 15 mins.
Instrumentation: Sax Soprano & Piano, Sax Tenor & Piano Level D
Exam Grade: HSC Saxophone Soprano,
HSC Saxophone Tenor
ISMN: 979-0-720114-21-7 Catalogue: RM823
Level: D Country: Australia

The Shannon Suite

RM790e The Shannon Suite Farrell SOPRANO SAX/GTR
RM790e The Shannon Suite Farrell SOPRANO SAX/GTR
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Composer: Ciaran Farrell
Composed: 1996 Duration: 13 mins.
Instrumentation: McSax, Sax Soprano & Guitar
ISMN: 979-0-720109-60-2 Catalogue: RM790
Level: E Country: Ireland

Performed Craig Ogden, guitar & Gerard McChrystal, soprano saxophone
From the CD: Perfect State: The Music of Ciaran Farrell

Three Mobiles

RM757 Three Mobiles Metcalf SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM757 Three Mobiles Metcalf SOPRANO SAX/PNO
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Composer: John Metcalf
Composed: 2001 Duration: 12 mins.
Instrumentation: McSax, Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720109-28-2 Catalogue: RM757
Level: D Country: Wales

Performed by Gerard McChrystal (orchestral version)

Voyage

RM763 Voyage Harding SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM763 Voyage Harding SOPRANO SAX/PNO
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RM763e Voyage Harding SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM763e Voyage Harding SOPRANO SAX/PNO
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Composer: Charlotte Harding
Composed: 2007 Duration: 9 mins.
Instrumentation: McSax, Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720109-34-3 Catalogue: RM763
Level: D Country: England

Performed by Gerard McChrystal

Sonata

RM388e Sonata Goldstein SOPRANO SAX/PNO
RM388e Sonata Goldstein SOPRANO SAX/PNO
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Composer: Perry Goldstein
Composed: 2006 Duration: 19 mins.
Instrumentation: Featured, Sax Soprano & Piano
ISMN: M-720071-45-9 Catalogue: RM388
Level: E Country: United States

Performed live by Rompduo

Performed live by saxophonist Joseph Lulloff and pianist Jun Okada.