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Sheet Music: Score

Riesenschritte : for alto saxophone, piano, contrabass, jazz drum set and tape. / Andrián Pertout.

by Andrián Pertout (2014)

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  • Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, piano, contrabass, jazz drum set, tape.
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    Performance by Topology from the CD Rishis and saints

    (this sample is of the Quintets: Saxophone, piano, violin, viola, double bass version of this work)


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Riesenschritte for alto saxophone and pianoforte was commissioned by American saxophonist Noah Getz and represents a contemporary interpretation of John Coltrane's seminal work Giant Steps - the title track of the album 'Giant Steps', and a benchmark for most saxophonists. Giant Steps was recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, USA on May 5, 1959, and released on Atlantic Records in January, 1960. This particular recording features John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Tommy Flanagan (pianoforte) and Paul Chambers (contrabass). Coltrane was the "most influential and controversial tenor saxophonist in modern jazz", and the Coltrane changes (a strategy of chord substitution utilized in the composition based on the augmented cycle (CMaj7 [Bbm7, Eb7], Ab [F#m7, B7], and E [Dm7, G7]) "created a harmonic revolution", and became a substitute pattern applicable to any standard jazz chord progression. In 'The Jazz Theory Book Mark' Levine points out that "although Giant Steps is a very challenging tune, its 26 chords (10 key changes equal to 11 tonal centres) are just V-I and II-V-I progressions in only three keys: B, G, and Eb."

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (45p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 8 mins, 42 sec.

Commission info: Arranged for Masahiro Tamura and the 32nd Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference / Asian Music Festival (AMF) 2014, Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan

First performance by Masahiro Tamura, Mayuko Ohno, Masashi Kimura, Yoshihiro Tsuchiya, Sumihisa Arima — 4 Nov 14. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 Hall, 32nd Asian Composers League Festival & Conference 2014, Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan

Composer's No. 402g.

Includes performance directions and extensive programme notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
John Coltrane's album Giant Steps ; Jazz.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720150-50-5

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Melbourne Composers' League

- Resonate Article: Living Breath, Juxtapositional Flow and Emergent Spirit

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