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Ave Verum Corpus
W.A Mozart (1756-1791)
A/SATB Saxophone Quartet - Score and Parts
Mozart wrote the "Ave Verum"as a gift to the local choirmaster, Anton Stoll, with whom he became friends while Mozart's wife was staying at a nearby spa during her sixth pregnancy. Mozart's autograph on the original manuscript is dated 17th June 1791 - less than six months before his death on December 5th.
Although it is quite brief it is one of Mozart's most well known and well loved works.
This arrangement for saxophone quartet is playable AATB or SATB. It has been transposed from the original key, D major, to the key of E flat major. On request, the same arrangement in the original key can be provided.
Bethena: A Concert Waltz, (March 6, 1905)
Scott Joplin (ca. 1867/68? – 1917)
Saxophone Quartet SATB, score and parts
Easy to moderate difficulty
Bethena, A Concert Waltz" was the first work published by Scott Joplin after the death of his second wife on September 10, 1904 only ten weeks after their wedding. The piece combines two different styles of music, the classical waltz and the rag and is a fine demonstration of Joplin's excellence as a classical composer. The main theme has a bittersweet, wistful quality evocative of the emotions he must have felt as he wrote the piece.
The work did not sell successfully at the time of publication and was soon neglected and forgotten. It was rediscovered as a result of the Joplin revival in the 1970's and has received acclaim from Joplin's biographers and other critics. It was featured as part of the soundtrack of the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Five German Dances #1
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
SATB Quartet - Score and Parts
An AATB version of this quartet is available on request.
Written in the fall of 1801, Carl Maria von Weber wrote a charming set of pieces for the novice pianist. The five dances selected for this transcription for SATB saxophone quartet lose none of that charm. They are ideal for young quartets as they require no altissimo and with a very few exceptions fit into a limited range. This is the first dance in the set. Get Five German Dances here.
Franz Xaver Scharwenka (1850-1924)
S/AATB Quartet - Score and parts
Franz Xaver Scharwenka was born in 1850 in Szamtoly near Posen, Prussia (now Poznan, Poland). He showed an early attraction to and natural talent for the piano. In 1865 he was accepted into the Neue Akademie der Tonkunst in Berlin. A successful career as a concert pianist and composer followed. His first published work “Five Polish Dances” was a runaway best seller in its day.
The Album for the Young, Op. 62 is a collection of twelve short pieces for young pianists. They are reminiscent of the Schumann work of the same name. The five pieces in this transcription are titled:
2. Like a Folksong (andante)
Together they form a suite 8.5 minutes in length but may be played separately. No altissimo is required of any player and the range is relatively easy except in the case of the Alto Substitute for Soprano part. This download is the first movement "March". Get the entire set of five pieces here.
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