Quartet for flute, saxophone, bassoon and cello
Chamber music for saxophone and other instruments is rather rare – which is I why I wrote this quartet. The score is here. The sheet music parts below.
1. Fast and syncopated, then steady
3. Minimal movement
5. Brisk but unhurried
This work has also been arranged for saxophone quartet by Ellis Hendriksen.
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Score (pdf) flute part (pdf) saxophone part (pdf) bassoon part (pdf) cello part (pdf) .
. . . Download the first movement in .mp3 (4.7 Mbyte)
. . . Download the second movement in .mp3 (3.7 Mbyte)
. . . Download the third movement in .mp3 (3 Mbyte)
. . . Download the fourth movement in .mp3 (3.4 Mbyte)
. . . Download the fifth movement in .mp3 (1.7 Mbyte)
The sound files above were recorded at two different concerts. One quartet is Adrienne Byrne (flute), Mark Crompton (saxophone), John Cran (bassoon) and Sonia Koo ('cello). The other is Anna Naylor (flute), Joe Wolfe (saxophone), Petrina Slaytor (bassoon) and Guy Curd ('cello).
The quartet recently had its first Panamanian performance, and the players posted it on Youtube:
first movement, second movement, third movement, fourth movement and fifth movement.
Flute Larena Franco, Sax Moisés Hernández, Bassoon Daniel Agudo, Cello Yumiko Tokumoto
These players in New Jersey recorded the third movement and the fourth movement.
About the composer. Joe Wolfe started writing music in the seventies and has since written sporadically for jazz and fusion groups, including incidental music for plays and films. He has
written five orchestral works: a Trumpet concerto is the most recent. "The Stairway Suite" is a set of orchestral variations on the pop song "Stairway to Heaven" in the styles of Schubert, Holst, Glen Miller, Mahler, Bizet and Beethoven; "Sydney Sketches" is a set of tone poems, each of which is based in different Sydney location at a different time of day.;
"Conjunction" which is an 'interactive
introduction to the orchestra', written for orchestra and primary school choir; and an "overture" to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the UNSW Orchestra. (mp3 files available)
Joe Wolfe / J.Wolfe@unsw.edu.au
/61-2-9385 4954 (UT+10,+11 Oct-Mar)
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A French site for saxophones that has interesting saxophone music and some great pics of saxophone construction.
Introduction to saxophone acoustics.