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Saxophone quartet No.1 : saxophone quartet

by Stephen Benfall (1988)

Saxophone quartet No. 1


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Saxophone quartet No. 1 / Stephen Benfall

Library shelf no. 785.8714/BEN 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work is of advanced difficulty and tests the technique and musical flexibility of the performers. It is in three movements and has a wide range of moods and nuances. The Quartet could be considered a "crossover" work - while it contains aspects of jazz, minimalist, modernist, and avant garde styles, it is in fact none of these things in total, but rather a musical discourse that unfolds with it's own musical impetus and sense of logic.

Work Details

Year: 1988

Instrumentation: 4 saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor, baritone.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Suitable for advanced tertiary or professional performers

Commission note: Commissioned by Roger Garrood with funds provided by Western Australia. Department for the Arts.

First performance: by Perth Saxophone Quartet, Tom Martin, Lee Buddle, Simon Styles, Jeff Walker — 9 Jul 88. Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

The work is in three movements. In addition to the PARTS for each instrument, there is a REHEARSAL SCORE that is very helpful when learning the work. Also, there is a CONCERT PITCH SCORE for study and reference purposes.

Performances of this work

9 Jul 88: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. Featuring Perth Saxophone Quartet, Tom Martin, Lee Buddle, Simon Styles, Jeff Walker.

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