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Three pieces for saxophone quartet : saxophone quartet

by Louise Denson (2010)

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Work Overview

This is a set of arrangements for saxophone quartet, of jazz compositions I wrote under the guidance of George Russell at the New England Conservatory, Boston. Russell's Lydian Chormatic Concept of Tonal Organization was used to generate the harmonic ideas in Pondside and Star Of. Green Tristano is a contrafact based on the jazz standard On Green Dophin St., and the melodic ideas derive from a combination of Lydian Chromatic Theory and bebop pianist Lennie Tristano's approach to linear development.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Improvisatory skill desirable. The second movement is fast.

Contents note: Pondside -- Green Tristano -- Star Of.

First performance: by Barega Saxophone Quartet — Jul 11. Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, Melbourne

There are optional written solos for both Pondside and Star Of, while the baritone solo in Green Tristano uses Eb mixolydian and Gb mixolydian modes. Parts are included in the score with either the written solos or the chord changes, as required by the players.


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

Jul 11: Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, Melbourne. Featuring Barega Saxophone Quartet.

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