This section has sheet music (scores) for saxophone quartets and larger saxophone ensembles in all genres ("classical," popular, and jazz). Each movement has a recurring theme, often modified with augmentation, agogic accents, jazz-influenced solos, meter changes, and improvised solo cadenzas.
The quartet music is mostly for SATB quartets (a few have alternate alto parts) but we have more AATB quartets than we used to. Contact us if you are looking something you don't see here. Overall it’s richly scored, technically demanding (college level), and yet completely accessible.
There are many recordings of the movements of this piece on You Tube (and it least one that says it is from this piece and isn't). Inspired by John Williams’ brilliant film score for Catch Me If You Can (2002), this highly creative original features three contrasting movements that can be performed as a complete work or programmed separately.
This is an advanced work with a duration of about 30 minutes. S1108: Canzona Corrente for Saxophone Quartet (SATB) by Dennis C. Advance Music, 2014, SS, (includes score and parts).
Although the movement begins and ends in compound 3/2 meter, it swings and sways, employing complex and contrapuntal harmonies, rhythms, and percussive accents. Twenty little tunes from various towns and villages were compiled into two sets, originally for piano solo. This work calls for extended techniques such as quartet tones, flutter tonguing, a few multiphonic notes, very high altissimo, etc. S604: Scherzino for Saxophone Quartet (SATB) by William Bolcom. Marks Music Co., 2004, SS, (includes score and parts). The arranger rates it as (US) grade 4 and notes that the piece demonstrates high energy and drive. The composer intends the second movement, which makes up the bulk of the composition, to be played with just intonation and has marked the notes that need to be adjusted. It is a college level, jazz-influenced piece with a duration of about . S524: The Nearness of You by Hoagy Carmichael & Ned Washington arranged for Saxophone Quartet (SATB or AATB) by Les Sabina. This was written for the 1938 film "Romance in the Dark" and has been recorded by many artists and groups over the years.
The baritone sax provides a soloistic bass line throughout. This is a sectional piece (fast/slow/fast) with some meter changes. Bach arranged for saxophone quartet (AATB) by Himie Voxman and Robert P. The phenomenal saxophonist Andreas van Zoelen (a current member of the Rascher Quartet) has transcribed the first series for Saxophone Quartet (SATB). A relatively new and short (1 minute) piece from American Composer William Bolcom. The second movement requires rhythmic precision as it contrasts triple and duple elements. S1026: Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael & Mitchell Parish for Saxophone Quartet (SATB or AATB) by Les Sabina. Stardust is an American popular song composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added in 1929 by Mitchell Parish.
With a duration of 2 minutes this is suitable for high school quartets and up. Conflict, reconciliation, resolution, and acceptance is the conveyed essence of Movement 3.
Also included is an optional 2nd tenor part (or optional 3rd alto) to perform this piece in the Cologne Saxophone Quintet version.
Advance Music, 2010, SS, (includes score and parts). Click here to view sample pages from the score on the publisher's website. Bach arranged for saxophone quartet (AATB or SATB) by Stephen A. The publisher rates this as (US) grade 3 and the first and last chorales are easy.
The second of a five movement suite for saxophone quartet. S1163: The Little Organ Fugue in G Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged for Saxophone Quartet (SATB) by Robert Stanton. However, the arranger has put his own twist on the familiar Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by setting the tempo at Ala Irish Jig (mm=92-100) and using a time signature of 6/8 switching to 3/4 at the end of phrases.
The beginning of this movement opens with a soprano saxophone solo and a pronounced dissonance and polytonality before developing into a fugue statement that resolves with excitement and vigor. S581: Three Bach Chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged for Saxophone Quartet (AATB) by Nicholas J. Kendor Music Inc, 2010, SS, includes parts and score.
This is an opening bravura statement of what is to follow. Tango del amor for Saxophone Quartet (SATB) by Dennis Anderson. The chorales are Gott Lebet Noch (BWV) 320, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (BWV 147), and Jesu Non Sei Gepreiset (BWV 362).