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Warm winds in Havana : saxophone quartet

by Margaret Brandman (1976)

Also known as: Saxophone quartet

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Performance by Leonardo Jiménez, Yuniet Lombida Prieto, Aliet Gonzales, Javier Zalba, Andres Coayo from the CD Abrazo

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Library shelf no. CD 707 [Available for loan]

Saxophone quartet


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Work Overview

This work was commissioned by the Sydney Saxophone Quartet and has was recorded in Cuba in 2015 by the Javier Zalba quartet for the ABRAZO CD produced by Parma Recordings USA.

The work is in four movements.

The first movement is lively and highly syncopated and has been recorded with Cuban percussion accompaniment. The second movement (Moderato) is based on a descending syncopated theme in 7/4 time which moves to a singing 3/4 section and then finishes in 5/4. The third movement (Presto) juxtaposes lively rhythmic chordal effects with flowing melodic lines. In the final movement (Moderato) repeated sixteenth notes and figures are contrasted with more flowing melodic lines. This movement has also been recorded with Cuban percussion accompaniment.

The first movement Havana Promenade is self-published by the composer. Movements 2,3 and 4 are published by Furore Music.

Work Details

Year: 1976

Instrumentation: Soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Swing rhythms and syncopation, odd times

Contents note: Havana Promenade -- Salida del Sol (Sunrise) -- Danza de Dia (Dance of the Day) -- Ritmo de la Noche (Rhythm of the Night).

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Saxophone Quartet.


Saxophone quartet - I. Havana Promenade
Saxophone quartet - II. Salida del Sol (Sunrise)
Saxophone quartet - III. Danza del Día (Dance of the Day)
Saxophone quartet - IV. Ritmo de la Noche (Rhythm of the Night)


Performances of this work

23 Aug 2014: at Rhapsodies to Rhumbas (Zenith Theatre Chatswood).

23 Aug 14: Zenith Theatre. Featuring Kate Whitton, Bernard Lagana, James Mackay, Christopher Higgins, Lauren Benson.

9 Nov 13: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. Featuring Sam Gill, Bernard Lagana, James Mackay, Mic Deacon, Simon Ghali.

9 Nov 2013: at Margaret Brandman: Rhapsodies to Rhumbas (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre).

9 Sep 97: Donne in Music Festival, Fiuggi, Italy . Featuring Donne in Sax (Musical group).

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