The choro, one could say, is the Brasilian equivalent of the American ragtime. It is a cheerful amalgam of European dance music (polka, waltz, mazurka, etc.) and African rhythms. Choro means weeping or crying. However, the style often has a fast and happy rhythm, characterized by improvisation, subtle modulations and full of syncopation and counterpoint. We have arranged a popular and famous choro for saxophone quartet SATB: Flor Amorosa (Loving Flower). Its composer is Joaquim Antonio da Silva Callado (1848–1880). He is considered the father of the choro.
It’s the sound of Christmas: Silent Night (original: “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”). The soothing melody and the lyrics, expressing the desire for peace, transcends religious boundaries. That’s why the song was declared an intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO. Every Christmas Silent Night is sung by millions with family and friends, in humble chapels, great churches and magnificent cathedrals. And do you know a popsinger who hasn’t covered it? You can add your version with this arrangement for saxophone quartet SATB and AATB. We’ve added some nice rhythmic embellishments.
Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) was a wildly popular Argentine singer-composer and movie star, who helped develop the so-called tango-canción: tango with lyrics. It was a daring innovation in the 1920s. Until then the tango was associated with gangsters and brothels but Gardel made it respectable. We have arranged his immortal song Volver from the movie “El dia que me quieras” for a saxophone quartet with soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone. We believe that the story of the movie and the lyrics of the song can help you with your interpretation.
Beethoven’s Für Elise provides a lot of musical possibilities. We have an arrangement for a saxophone quartet SATB and for 6 different saxophone duet combinations. Now we offer you two saxophone trio combinations: SAT and SAB. The well-known piece doesn’t need much introduction. It’s a bagatelle: a short, light piece of music, almost unpretentious. But it’s a wonderful piece to perform for your audience will recognize it immediately.
AB, AT, SA, SB, ST, TB
An Invention by Bach is a true musical gem. The motif is simple, but the exploration of its possibilities is brilliant. Of course the Inventions were meant as keyboard exercises but for saxophone players they are great to help developing your technical skills. We offer you six saxophone duet combinations.
The gloomy and eerie St. James Infirmary must be one of the most covered songs in the world. Here’s an old one. It’s from the Betty Boop animated short “Snow White”, with Cab Calloway lending his voice (and slick moves!) to Koko the Clown. Speaking of Cab Calloway: listen to his signature song Minnie the Moocher and notice the similarity with St. James Infirmary. We offer you an arrangement for two saxophone quartet combinations, AATT and SATT with chords and suggested solo’s. If you want the version for saxophone quartet SATB or AATB, click here.
Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet opus 33, no 1 is one of the six so-called Russian quartets. They were composed in 1781 and dedicated to Grand Duke Paul of Russia. Haydn wrote them at a turning point in his career. You can hear it, there’s something going on. The music is fresh, powerful and innovative. Every player plays his own full part, thus creating an exciting tension between the voices. We have arranged the first movement for saxophone quartet with soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone.
SATB and AATB
It must be one of Mozart’s most popular pieces: the Serenade no. 13 for Strings, better known as Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music). You can hear it not only in concert halls but also as background music in shopping malls and movies like Batman and Sophie’s Choice. The iconic four-bar-opening found its niche in popular culture as a catchy ringtone. We offer you two arrangements for saxophone quartet of the first movement (SATB and AATB). This jubilant, sunny and pleasing to the ear Allegro is probably the best known of the four movements.
The Air of Georg Friedrich Händel we present for saxophone quartet (S/AATB and ATTB) and duo (AA, AT, TB and TT), is one of the parts in the first Suite in F major (HWV 348). Together with two consecutive suites, it forms the collection called Water Music. Allegedly, this suite premièred on 17 July 1717 on a concert on the River Thames. King George had requested the concert. It was performed by 50 musicians playing on a barge behind the royal barge. More critical researchers maintain that only the second suite of the performance on this concert can be documented. Anyway, King George was so fond of the music that the musicians had to play the entire Water Music several times.
Bach wrote 30 Inventions (15 two-part and 15 three-part), short compositions meant to serve as keyboard exercises for his son Wilhelm Friedemann. We think they can also be used as practice material for saxophone players. After all the Inventions are, one could say, two independent voices in dialog. They start out with a simple motif. After a few measures they evolve into melodic, harmonic and rhythmic variations showing a whole range of counterpoint possibilities like inversion, augmentation, ascending and descending sequences, and modulation. Bach left no instructions on the tempo of the pieces. So that is entirely up to you. Here’s Invention no 1 for saxophone duo AT and saxophone quartet SATB.