Classical Saxophone Music
Solo and Chamber music for the Saxophone
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LIBERA ME DOMINE  for Two Saxophonists and Three Percussionists 15'  Peter Ware
Free Saxophone and Percussion MP3 excerpt of Libera Me Domine 1st movement
"The mood is 'cool' and distanced, yet always the emotional tone is one of intense reverence"    -St.Louis Post-Dispatch

"Ware's textures are carefully calculated. Fragments of saxophone licks and jazz-like scales disappear into distant clouds of vibraphone trills, only to rematerialize and glide back." - The Cincinnati Enquirer

A fantasy-variation based on the Latin responsorial of the burial service, the work was Commissioned by Northern Kentucky University and the Cincinnati Composers Guild to commemorate the musicians who died in the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire.    Opening with a canon between the bongos and timbales, the chant is rhythmitized to the non-pitch percussion as the saxophones interact with jazz licks and syncopations which transform the chant.  The second Lagriomoso section is a lament for two soprano saxophones and trap set; the closing Lento  employs  two alto saxophones, cymbals, vibraphones, tam tams, celesta and button gong in extensive imitation.   The first saxophonists plays soprano saxophone and alto saxophone, and the second saxophonists plays alto saxophone and tenor tenor saxophone.  Score 27 p. Score & Parts  AE551  $49.98
Free Saxophone and Percussion MP3 excerpt of Libera Me Domine 2nd Movement 
Free saxophone and Percussion MP3 excerpt of Libera Me Domine 3rd Movement

FOUR MINIATURES  Saxophone solo  7'  Peter Ware
Free Classical Saxophone MP3 excerpt of Four Miniatures 1st movement
Free Classical Saxophone MP3 excerpt of Four Miniatures 2nd movement

Free Classical Saxophone MP3 excerpt of Four Miniatures 3rd movement
Free Classical Saxophone MP3 excerpt of Four Miniatures 4th movement
An expressionistic work with pointed gestures and compound melodies, these concise pieces are studies of contrast.  Extreme dynamics, range and timbre showcase the instrument's diversity.  Score 5 p.  AE829  $7.98

TAHINI  for three Saxophonists  and Tape.   Peter Ware
Named after a river in the Yukon, this demanding addition to the saxophone idiom requires great physical dexterity, speed and agility as it explores the outer limits of the instruments' range.  Each player performs on two instruments, with frequent colouristic changes between soprano, alto, tenor and baritone.  The tape part is derived from Gregorian chant.  While generally filling an accompaniment role, it occasionally proceeds to the forefront of musical interest.  Transposed below the human vocal range, it  extends downward to the limits of pitch perception.  Score 30 p.  Score & Parts  AE837  $46.98


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