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SAXOPHONE AND WIND BAND
Boris Goes to Dublin - Alun Cook
Alto Saxophone and Wind Band

"Boris" has a challenging solo part and is written as an "audience friendly" showpiece for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band. The band parts are well cued as bands vary in size, and could be played by quite a small ensemble. If you have full band you may need to lighten the scoring in places. The solo part is a good Grade 8 (UK) standard. The band parts are not excessively difficult. It can also be found on this site as a concert piece with piano and in an arrangement for Saxophone Octet. The MP3 file has a "live" saxophonist playing with a synthesized accompaniment but it gives a good feel for the piece.

Also available with Piano Accompaniment, for Alto and Orchestra, and for Saxophone Octet

Score sample Difficulty Time Order
PDF icon Hard 4m 58s
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Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso - C. Saint-Saëns arr. Alun Cook
Alto Saxophone and Wind Band

A virtuosic showcase for your star Alto Saxophonist, transcribed from the original for solo violin. The band parts are not too difficult. The key has been changed and the solo part adapted to accommodate the more limited range of the saxophone and the need to take occasional breaths. There is one top 'A' and a 'G#' (with alternatives given) and an F# key would be most useful, but otherwise the solo part is dramatic but very playable.

The MP3 gives a good impression of what is possible - I am a little rusty and my scales are not as smooth as I would like (and I wish I had a top 'F#' key), and I would expect a more accomplished performer to take some sections a little faster.

There is also a distillation for Alto Saxophone and Piano to be found elsewhere on this website

Score sample Difficulty Time Order
PDF icon Hard for the Soloist
Moderate for the Band
10m 38s
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Listen to MP3
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