This piece was originally written for an orchestra including trumpets and kettledrums, but we have managed to capture its essential, seductive repetition. We offer eight versions of Bach’s Air on the G string for saxophone quartet: AAAB, AAAT, AATB, AATT, SAAB, SAAT, SATB and SATT. All can be performed by intermediate players for instance as part of a wedding ceremony. It is hard to imagine a piece of music that is more serene than Bach’s Air on the G string. There is so much to tell about this wonderful piece of music, that it is hard to decide where to start.
We’ve chosen to arrange the first movement of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet opus 64 no 5 also known as The Lark for its cheerfulness and elegance, a characteristic of most of Haydn’s work. The main theme of The Lark reminds the listener of the melodious and extravagant calls of a lark singing high in the blue sky, on a beautiful summer’s day. This arrangement for a saxophone quartet with soprano, alto, tenor and baritone adds contempory power to baroque finesse and style.
SATB, AATB and AATT
We’re not afraid of Richard Wagner, and neither should you. So, we offer you Wagner’s Bridal Chorus from the opera Lohengrin, better known as “Here Comes the Bride” for 3 saxophone quartet settings: SATB, AATB, and AATT. With these arrangements even less experienced players can heighten and brighten the atmosphere of a wedding with the ultimate bridal entrance song.
Listen to Wagner: Bridal Chorus “Here Comes the Bride” for Saxophone Quartet:
Here’s a real challenge for experienced saxophone players: the first movement of Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. It contains 16th note (semiquaver) runs that might require some exercise, but we assure you: this beautiful, haunting piece of Ravel’s music is absolutely worth the effort. The theme is so intriguing, it is both lyrical and tense, as if some unknown menace is already casting its shadow over Arcadia and a cold wind is beginning to blow.
Listen to Ravel: String Quartet for Saxophone Quartet:
Waltzing Matilda is Australia’s unofficial national anthem. It is one of the traditional songs that is loved all over the world. People sing it in public and in their homes, alone, or with their loved ones, captivated by its wonderful melody and tragic lyrics. We offer two arrangements for saxophone quartet: SATB and AATB. But you can also play it as a quintet because both versions have a second tenor saxophone, doubling the melody an octave lower. This strengthens the melody and gives a rich and full sound. Our arrangement starts with the original melody and than turns to jazz with a bebop touch.
When you’re playing Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, in this arrangement for saxophone quartet SATB, you’re doing something special. You’re not just playing a wonderful piece of music, written by one of America’s great composers, but you are playing a monument of truly American music. Maple Leaf Rag is a blend of influences from Africa and Europe that were brought together to create something new and amazing, as fresh and energetic today as it was the day Scott Joplin released this music.
We’ve arranged Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D for a saxophone quartet SATB because of the wonderful sequence of chords that lay at the heart of this piece of music. The sequence is also found in many pop songs, ranging from Percy Sledge’s When a Man Loves a Woman to Go West by the Village People. That is why this piece can easily be enjoyed by an audience that is unfamiliar with classical music. Although it is immensely popular as a wedding song (played as the bride walks down the aisle), don’t hesitate to perform it on other occassions.
Listen to Pachelbel: Canon in D for Saxophone Quartet:
Händel’s alla Hornpipe is a well-known part of the famous Water Music. It’s a sublime, crystal clear piece of baroque music. We’ve boiled it down from the original with flute, oboe, horns, bassoon, trumpets, and strings into an arrangement suited for a modern saxophone quartet SATB. Now you can bring the atmosphere of a refined British royal court of the early seventeen hundreds to a 21st century wedding party. Or any other occasion that asks for sophistication and joy. Its upbeat tempo and happy mood makes it the perfect music for the wedding recessional. And it can be performed by less experienced players.