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Scherzo for saxophone : saxophone with piano

by Brett McKern (2013)

Audio Sample

Performance by Robert Woodward, Benjamin Burton from the CD Australian saxophone anthology

Work Overview

This piece should be light, whimsical and fun! Performance should have lots of momentum and energy, a 'bounce' within the music. The legato second subject (bar 13) contrasts greatly, a 'pastorale,' classical melody before the light staccato passage leads us back into developed return of the initial subject. Beneath this melody the piano continues with melodic material based on the initial theme, contrasting well with the smooth saxophone line. An upwardly moving development section follows taking us through a number of keys and returns of the melodic material, most interestingly in bar 29 where the piano plays the melody in canon at a beat, ahead of the saxophone. Ensure your dynamics are able to grow through these sections and maintain the underlying 'bubbling' energy throughout even when playing softly. A third subject appears (bar 53), similarly as effortless as the second yet moving between various time signatures. This is the middle section of a broad ternary form. The melody here is somewhat displaced from the downbeats so focus whilst counting is essential in maintaining the jovial nature of the work. The return of the opening sections lead to a fiesta-like finale (coda) based on the initial melody.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Written for: Robert Woodward

First performance: by Robert Woodward, Benjamin Burton — 11 Jul 13. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Performances of this work

11 Jul 13: Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Robert Woodward, Benjamin Burton.

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