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SAXOPHONE CHOIR
DahDup! Alun Cook
Saxophone Choir - Soprillo, Sopranino, 3 Sopranos, 3 Altos, 3 Tenors, 3 Baritones, Bass and Contra Bass. (Scoring may be reduced to just 12 - SSSAAATTTBBB)

An onomatopoeiic title for this interesting (I think) piece which blend intricate and gutsy rhythmic patterns with some more minimalist sections. I know that all sounds a bit "Psued's corner" but you'll understand when you listen to the piece. I enjoy writing in a minimalist style for clarinet ensemble but until now I hadn't found the right context to introduce it into a saxophone piece. I would have liked to add a little more choreography but I think the ensemble too large, so I have just suggested a some movement in the Bass-line instruments - feel free to try out your ideas to develop further.

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PDF icon Moderately hard 4m 52s
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Jupiter from The Planets - Holst arr. Alun Cook
Saxophone Choir - Soprillo, Sopranino, 3 Sopranos, 3 Altos, 3 Tenors, 3 Baritones, Bass and Contra Bass. (Scoring may be reduced to just 12 - SSSAAATTTBBB)

The Bringer of Jollity, certainly for Saxophonists in this challenging arrangement of Holst's gem. Previously arranged for Quartet and Octet, it is expanded here allowing a more vivid interepretation of the original. It will work with just the 12 more usual instruments if you lack the extremes. Mercury and Uranus are also available for Saxophone Choir.

Jupiter is also available for Saxophone Quartet and Saxophone Octet

Score sample Difficulty Time Order
PDF icon Very Hard 8m 59s
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or to synthesizer Choir version
Mercury from The Planets - Holst arr. Alun Cook
Saxophone Choir - Soprillo, Sopranino, 3 Sopranos, 3 Altos, 3 Tenors, 3 Baritones, Bass and Contra Bass (Optional timpani). (Scoring may be reduced to just 12 - SSSAAATTTBBB)

The "Winged Messenger" flies at high speed (even suggesting Morse Code). This companion piece to my arrangement of Jupiter and Uranus from Holst's Planets Suite is not perhaps quite as hard as it sound at first hearing. Originally arranged for Octet it is expanded in this verson and the extra range of instruments allows a far more vivid interepretation of the original. It will work with reduced numbers if you lack the full paraphernalia, but they do add a new dimension to the piece.

Mercury is also available for Saxophone Octet

Score sample Difficulty Time Order
PDF icon Hard 4m 18s
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Oily Rag - Alun Cook
Saxophone Choir - Soprillo, Sopranino, 3 Sopranos, 3 Altos, 3 Tenors, 3 Baritones, Bass and Contra Bass. (Scoring may be reduced to just 12 - SSSAAATTTBBB)

Oily Rag is a slippery little number and very challenging at full speed. Originally written for Quartet and then expanded to Octet, it has expanded still further in this incarnation for full Saxophone Choir. It will work with reduced numbers if you lack the full paraphernalia, but they do add a new dimension to the piece.

The Oily Rag ia also available for Saxophone Quartet and Saxophone Octet

Score sample Difficulty Time Order
PDF icon Very Hard 4m 23s
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Uranus from The Planets - Holst arr. Alun Cook
Saxophone Choir - Soprillo, Sopranino, 3 Sopranos, 3 Altos, 3 Tenors, 3 Baritones, Bass and Contra Bass. (Scoring may be reduced to just 12 - SSSAAATTTBBB)

"The Magician" - Holst's brilliance in developing his four-note "idee fix" and slithering block chords present yet more challenges for the saxophonists. Originally arranged for Octet it is expanded in this verson and the extra range of instruments allows a far more vivid interepretation of the original. It will work with just the 12 more usual instruments if you lack the extremes.

Uranus is also available for Saxophone Octet

Score sample Difficulty Time Order
PDF icon Hard 6m 07s
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Capriol Suite - Peter Warlock arr. Alun Cook
Saxophone Choir - Soprillo, Sopranino, 3 Sopranos, 3 Altos, 3 Tenors, 3 Baritones, Bass and Contra Bass

Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite was composed for String Orchestra and the movements are written as a set of dances using modal harmonies with some juicy clashes. This arrangement for saxophone choir has been carefully written so that it may be played by as few as 8 players - an octet of 2 Sopranos, 2 Altos, 2 Tenors and 2 Baritones, with all the critical other parts cued. Individual movements may be heard below with score samples, but the parts include all movements.

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PDF icon 1. Basse Danse - 1m 34s
Moderate
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PDF icon 2. Pavane - 2m 22s
Simple
PDF icon 3. Tordion - 1m 07s
Moderate
PDF icon 4. Bransles - 2m 24s
Exhilerating
PDF icon 5. Pieds-enl'air - 2m 26s
Requires counting!
PDF icon 6. Mattachins - 1m 11s
Speedy
What! No Cigar? Alun Cook
Saxophone Choir - Soprillo, Sopranino, 3 Sopranos, 3 Altos, 3 Tenors, 3 Baritones, Bass and Contra Bass

A touch of Havana in this Latin romp. Entertaining for all the players and not technically too difficult but the rhythms are challenging and require excellent ensemble playing. The extreme instruments are optional (Soprillo and Contra) and it could be played without Sopranino and Bass but they would be missed! There is a Saxophone Octet version available but the parts are not interchangeable.

Score sample Difficulty Time Order
PDF icon Hard 4m 39s
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