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Schwarzer Tänzer

saxophone & piano edition

Genre: Contemporary
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Score and Parts
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Schwarzer Tänzer


Composer Note: This was written for Christopher Boatwright, a principal male dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet - one of the first black dancers to achieve recognition at this level in Germany. Much to his frustration, media coverage of his performances focused on his colour rather than his talent. When he wanted a piece of music that could be choreographed, I avoided ethnic music clichés (despite the title, which means “black dancer”) and went for a Germanic fusion of Weil and oompah band.
The sax and piano version is the original one. While my sax quintet 'Saxtet' was busking in Germany I re-arranged it for saxophone quintet which was eventually recorded on the CD ‘Safer Sax’. Its popularity led to its regular inclusion in concert programmes and its performance at the World Saxophone Congress in Italy in 1992.
Although Schwarzer Tänzer has been musically performed many times, the dancer’s untimely death means that it remains undanced.

Edition Notes

Note: The saxophone part has now been made larger to read and is printed on 3 pages rather than 2.


Bb/Eb sax pno


5 min

Performance Notes

New MP3 Play-along tracks.
The piano accompaniments are a great practise tool for the exams because it contains five tracks at varying tempi, starting slowly, building gradually to the required tempo.

'Schwarzer Tänzer' is on the grade 8, (Eb or Bb saxophones) ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall saxophone syllabi.

The Play-along piano tracks are now available to download as MP3s. See ' MP3 Bundles' link above.

Other versions are available for the following instrumentations (see links below):

sax and piano
clarinet and piano
soprillo and piano
sax quartet
sax quintet
solo sax and string quartet

Other Editions

Schwarzer Tänzer is also available in the following editions:

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Soprillogy (CD recording)
The first CD dedicated to the Soprillo - the world's smallest saxophone
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